borrowed time


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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
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Forgotten man Michael O'Neill is living on borrowed time at Coventry City and believes he has just TWO MONTHS to save his dream move.
Surely, as that shocking defeat against Fulham, in front of 9,000 empty Villa Park seats showed, he's on borrowed time.
Woodward appeared to be on borrowed time, having blasted directors on Lowe's board who had sold shares to strengthen Wilde's bid for power.
Dodds knows boss Gordon Chisholm will be living on borrowed time should they fail to see off Jim Leishman's Pars and urged his players to act before it's too late.
But he decided to stay put as speculation continues to grow that the United boss is living on borrowed time.
Rumours have been flying that chief executive David Rutherford and chairman Murray McCaw are on borrowed time, the NZRFU hired a public relations firm to handle the fallout and some provincial bosses were calling for sackings.
LADY TWO K, on borrowed time on the racecourse as she prepares for pending motherhood, provided John Mackie with his first training success at York when landing the feature race, writes Tom O'Ryan.
In terms of seniority, Baca has been on borrowed time since November, when he was elected to fill out the term of the late George Brown, who had been in Congress since 1972.
The 16-year-old cancer sufferer has grabbed his life with both hands and is living it to the full - despite being on borrowed time.
His new publication Borrowed Time, The Story of Britain Between the Wars, will be in shops from Thursday, September 27.
And prison sources say the drink-and-drug-crazed drifter is living on borrowed time.
But if they need to get a loan to do so, they should be aware that they are living on borrowed time.
But Butt decided to stay put despite seeing Ferguson pen a new rolling contract during the week as speculation continues to grow that the United boss is living on borrowed time at Old Trafford because of his row with John Magnier and JP McManus.
Chairman John Elsom is rumoured to be lining up replacements for Taylor, who is on borrowed time following Saturday's 5-0 thrashing by newcomers Bolton.
Birmingham failed in the play-offs last season, losing to Barnsley in the semi-final, and Francis has been living on borrowed time since then.