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beg, borrow, or steal

To acquire or accomplish something by any means necessary or available. I don't care if you have to beg, borrow, or steal to get it, I want that car and I want it now! I'm in such a jam, I can't even beg, borrow, or steal the money I need to pay my rent this month.
See also: steal

borrowed time

An uncertain length of time that may end soon or suddenly, bringing any activity, situation, or fortunes associated with it to an end as well. Usually refers to the final period of one's life, in the form "living on borrowed time." In the scope of the planet's history, human existence is a tiny blip and unlikely to last forever—just borrowed time, really. Accidents and disease can strike so unexpectedly that it feels like we're all living on borrowed time.
See also: borrow, time

exist on borrowed time

To live or exist in a temporary and/or tenuous position, which may come to an end suddenly and abruptly. The small aboriginal population has been existing on borrowed time since the invaders began colonizing their land. Accidents and disease can strike so unexpectedly that it feels like we're all existing on borrowed time.
See also: borrow, exist, on, time

borrow from (someone or something)

1. Literally, to use something that belongs to another person, with the intent to return it later. A noun can be used between "borrow" and "from." Because I found a date to the dance at the last minute, I just borrowed a dress and shoes from my sister. I ran out of art supplies so I had to start borrowing from Steve.
2. Of a work of some kind, to use elements from something else. That movie may be a comedy, but its plot borrows from crime films of the 1940s.
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borrow trouble

To do something that is unnecessary and likely to cause problems later. That kid isn't bullying you, so if you tattle on him to the teacher, you're definitely borrowing trouble.
See also: borrow, trouble

borrow something

Euph. to steal something. The bank robber borrowed a car to drive out of state. I discovered that my office mate had been borrowing money out of my wallet when I wasn't looking.

borrow something from someone

to request and receive the use of something from someone. Can I borrow a hammer from you? Sorry, this hammer was borrowed from my father.
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borrow trouble

Fig. to worry needlessly; to make trouble for oneself. Worrying too much about death is just borrowing trouble. Do not get involved with politics. That's borrowing trouble.
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live on borrowed time

Fig. to exist only because of good fortune; to live on when death was expected. The doctors told him he was living on borrowed time. You are living on borrowed time, so make the best of it.
See also: borrow, live, on, time

on borrowed time

not likely to be active or working much longer Sales were down by a whole lot, putting the company on borrowed time. I think our hot water heater is on borrowed time.
Usage notes: often used in the form living on borrowed time (not likely to live very long): He knew he was living on borrowed time after two heart attacks.
See also: borrow, on, time

living on borrowed time

if someone is living on borrowed time, they are not expected to live much longer I've got cancer - I'm living on borrowed time.
See hell on earth
See also: borrow, living, on, time

beg, borrow, or steal

Obtain by any possible means, as in You couldn't beg, borrow, or steal tickets to the Olympics. This term is often used in the negative, to describe something that cannot be obtained; Chaucer used it in The Tale of the Man of Law. [Late 1300s]
See also: steal

borrow trouble

Go out of one's way to do something that may be harmful, as in Just sign the will-telling her about it ahead of time is borrowing trouble. [Mid-1800s] Also see ask for, def. 2.
See also: borrow, trouble

on borrowed time, live

Outlive reasonable expectations, as in Our twenty-year-old car is living on borrowed time, or The vet said our dog is living on borrowed time. This expression alludes to time borrowed from death. [Late 1800s]
See also: borrow, live, on

borrow trouble

To take an unnecessary action that will probably engender adverse effects.
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In particular, the systematic connection between borrowing and the spread that existed prior to 1984 has deteriorated, implying that borrowed reserves targeting, which requires a reliable borrowing-spread relationship for success, has become an unsuitable procedure for short-run monetary policy.
The most borrowed children's author at Irish libraries was Roderick Hunt with his popular titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series featuring characters including Biff, Chip and Kipper.
On October 6, 2008, Wachovia Corp borrowed $29 billion (Source: WSJ)
The private sector during the last 9 months borrowed Rs 302 billion compared to Rs 141 billion in the same period last year.
The measurement of assets at tax cost, however, has no relationship to the need or use of borrowed money by the taxpayer.
The districts are borrowing from 6%-72% of their expected tax levy through the two note issues, with the higher amounts borrowed by the largest districts.
The detailed analysis disclosed that the government borrowed the major amount from the SBP, while borrowing from scheduled banks amounted to Rs 342 million.
Under KETRA Section 103, if individuals borrowed money from their retirement plans prior to Hurricane Katrina, their loan repayment deadline may be extended a year.
The 24-year-old Encino man borrowed less than $3,000 while in college and is looking forward to a $55,000-a-year job as a Los Angeles firefighter.
Corporations began placing their own instruments on the market and borrowed less from banks; banks chased high-yield loans and increased the range of services offered to increase profit; junk-bond financing provided an easy path to cash; restructuring was a greater source of wealth than business growth; and the voodoo economic gospel of supply-side debt gave no heed to the cost of debt.
In particular, the outstanding debt of the nonfinancial corporate sector soared as corporations borrowed heavily to finance retirements of equity resulting from restructuring activity.
Inflation kept real interest rates low so debtors could service their debts with dollars that would be worth only slightly more, or in some cases less, than those they had borrowed.
If the shares are borrowed, the counterparty typically will agree to return identical shares to the taxpayer on demand and will make payments to the taxpayer equal to any dividends or other distributions the taxpayer would have received on the stock.