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live out of a suitcase

Fig. to stay very briefly in several places, never unpacking one's luggage. I hate living out of a suitcase. For my next vacation, I want to go to just one place and stay there the whole time.
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live something out

to act out something such as one's fantasies. She tried to live her dreams out. He has a tendency to try to live out his fantasies.
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live out

1. Complete or survive the end of a period of time, as in Grandpa wants to live out his days in a warmer climate. [First half of 1500s]
2. Reside away from one's place of employment, as in She's a fine housekeeper, but insists on living out. This expression is used primarily for domestic help. [Mid-1800s] Also see live in, def. 1.
3. live out of. Lead a lifestyle characterized by a particular item. This phrase appears in such idioms as live out of a suitcase, meaning "to travel so much that one has no time to unpack one's belongings," or live out of cans, meaning "to eat only canned food for lack of other foods or time to prepare them." For example, Traveling for months on end, he got very tired of living out of a suitcase, or We had neither gas nor electricity for a week and had to live out of cans.
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live out of a suitcase

live or stay somewhere on a temporary basis and with only a limited selection of your belongings, typically because your occupation requires a great deal of travelling.
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live out

1. To live outside one's place of domestic employment: You have to get home on time when you have a nanny who lives out.
2. To experience the passing and completion of some period of time or the attainment of something planned, desired, or imagined: She hopes to live out her dreams of becoming a famous author. He lived his last days out on a remote tropical island.
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fold like a cheap suitcase

Collapse easily. Expensive luggage was made, as now, from well-constructed leather or fabric. Cheap ones used to be made of cardboard with little or no structural reinforcement, not very sturdy especially when manhandled by baggage handlers or hotel porters. A sports team with no defense or a poker player with a losing hand would both fold like a cheap suitcase. You'd also hear “fold like a cheap suit,” but since fabric folds easily, whether it's cashmere or polyester, “suitcase” presents a better connotation of a losing proposition.
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A product of German manufacturer RIMOWA, this new suitcase with an electronic tag allows passengers to check in from home or while on the road simply by using a mobile app.
By equipping off-grid medical clinics with these life-saving suitcases, Bella | Ha helps to facilitate safe childbirth and reduce maternal and infant illness and mortality.
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yasettin EyyE-pkoca say that the figures reflect the potential of the suitcase trade and that if not for conflicts in Syria, Egypt, Libya and Iraq, the first quarter figures would have been twice as high.
With respect to some photographs recently published in the daily newspapers showing Zarrab entering the office of the Ministry of EU Affairs with a suitcase and leaving the office without it, Erdoy-an reportedly said, "Are there any photographs showing a delivery?
Caption: Children's suitcases were lovingly filled by parents.
For those who are taking a later holiday this summer, I have come up with some tips around packing and cleaning your suitcase: HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SUITCASE Remove the dust and bits that collect inside and outside of the suitcase over time by hoovering inside and outside of the case.
I have tried all the well known suitcase manufacturers, packaging and inflatable product companies and but so far no one seems interested.
The trial of a 36-year-old Japanese woman facing a mandatory death sentence for drug trafficking opened Monday at the Malaysian High Court with the prosecution aiming to prove she knew about the drugs in a suitcase, despite her assertion the suitcase was not hers.
Now that goal of 30 suitcases of basic medical supplies, estimated to cost $1,500 to assemble, is well underway; to date, more than $800 has been received.
All of the suitcases brought into the store will be recycled and funds donated to help sick and injured animals.
The 19-year-old singer, who grew up in Barbados, is hoping to settle in California so she can stop living out of her suitcase.
Duty-free shops were restricted from selling perfumes and alcohol, while law enforcement agents led bomb-sniffing dogs among suitcases lined up across the floor.
While she and her three-year-old son Damien can enjoy the luxury of taking five suitcases between them when they jet off around the globe, for most of us that's simply not practical.