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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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Customs Preventive staff on Tuesday recovered 20 kilograms of heroin from the suitcase of a couple at Jinnah International Airport and arrested the couple , who were leaving for Maldives via Dubai.
A new smart suitcase that can detect "cleverly concealed" explosives and weapons will be deployed across Dubai airports to catch smugglers.
We grumble and we argue and we wonder what an inspecting officer would say if he/she decided to open our suitcases and look at what we return with: "Setting up a magnet shop?
That came five years after a man reported he had seen two unattended suitcases, and a man wearing medical gloves, near to Ipswich docks days before Bernard's body was found.
Students across Northern and Central California will have the opportunity to bring clean, renewable energy to communities in Kenya through Pacific Gas and Electric Companys (PG&E) Solar Suitcase Program.
And thirdly, pull-along suitcases make that noise, a sort of rumbly, rattly, scrapey noise, an empty thud-thud-thud-thud-thud as the wheels hit every flipping paving stone, because the designers of pull-along suitcases did not anticipate that anybody would ever take them out of the house.
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.
Petiquay arrived with a small brown suitcase that his mother, Marie, had lovingly packed for him.
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.
24 -- The distance separating India and China seemed greater when the Kingfisher airline check-in staff at the Mumbai airport misspelt Beijing on her computer and couldn't locate the code to ensure my luggage tag would take my suitcase from Hong Kong to Beijing.
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.
But these aren't suitcases of personal effects; these are filled with medical supplies meant for their earthquake ravaged homeland.
I love it, and I enjoy it, but I just need somewhere to put my stuff so I am not travelling with a thousand suitcases.