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the life of Reilly

A life of great ease, comfort, or luxury, used especially in the phrase "lead/live the life of Reilly." The phrase is likely of early 20th-century Irish-American origin, but to whom Reilly refers is uncertain. Pampered from a young age after his father came into sudden wealth, Jonathan led the life of Reilly compared to the hardships his older siblings faced.
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live the life of Reilly

To lead a life of great ease, comfort, or luxury. The phrase is likely of early 20th-century Irish-American origin, but to whom Reilly refers is uncertain. Pampered from a young age after his father came into sudden wealth, Jonathan lived the life of Reilly compared to the hardships his older siblings faced.
See also: life, live, of, Reilly

lead the life of Reilly

To live a life of great ease, comfort, or luxury. The phrase is likely of early 20th-century Irish-American origin, but to whom Reilly refers is uncertain. Pampered from a young age after his father came into sudden wealth, Jonathan led the life of Reilly compared to the hardships his older siblings faced.
See also: lead, life, of, Reilly

life of Riley

Also, life of Reilly. An easy life, as in Peter had enough money to take off the rest of the year and live the life of Riley. This phrase originated in a popular song of the 1880s, "Is That Mr. Reilly?" by Pat Rooney, which described what its hero would do if he suddenly came into a fortune.
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lead/live the life of Reilly/ˈRiley

(informal) have a comfortable and enjoyable life without any worries: He inherited a lot of money and since then he’s been living the life of Riley.
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Having faced each other twice in the past year and splitting those matches (and the US and Irish titles), with Reilly winning last year's World Championships and Casey taking the World Under-23 title, they know each other's games well.
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MANY residents in Moldgreen will no doubt back a judge's decision to ban David Reilly from their streets.
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Tommy Reilly found fame on a TV talent show but unlike so many before him Reilly looks like outlasting his 15 minutes of fame.
Under normal circumstances, Reilly would have been able to return to the saddle today, but the BHA will not grant him a new licence until the money has been paid.