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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.
See also: borrow, trouble

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.
See also: borrow, trouble
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But as states and the federal government reduced their commitment to student aid, students had no choice but to borrow more.
Meanwhile, the federal government raised the maximum amount graduate students could borrow.
Finally, it is important to note that most jurisdictions have ruled that even when the borrowing statute is triggered, they will not borrow a statute of limitation longer than the limitation period of the forum state.
Perhaps the most notable legislation affecting the discount window has been the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980, which dramatically expanded the universe of depository institutions eligible to borrow at the discount window.
5) As a result, nonmember commercial banks and savings banks as well as savings and loan associations (S&Ls) and credit unions became eligible to borrow at the discount window.
They can borrow, however, to fund capital expenses.
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T instructs a broker to borrow 100 shares of XYZ stock and immediately sell the 100 shares Because T must determine the shares sold using the FIFO method, she would be treated as selling the 100 shares of XYZ stock she actually owns and not the 100 shares of borrowed XYZ stock.
The primary goal of Borrow Smart is to ensure that customers have access to lenders they can trust -- lenders who will help them avoid over borrowing," said Dan Robinson, business owner and spokesperson for the group.
All members of Borrow Smart Mississippi have agreed to a Code of Fair Lending to which stores must adhere.
28 /PRNewswire/ -- Easy Money, a short term lender with stores in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Cullman and Oneonta, recently joined Borrow Smart Alabama and will begin airing TV ads to encourage consumers to use its loans responsibly.