charmed life


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charmed life

A life characterized or seemingly protected by marked good fortune or luck, without (or rarely) encountering trouble, danger, or misfortune. Often preceded by the verbs "lead," "live," or "have." Celebrities seem to have a rather charmed life, with everything handed to them on a silver platter. Other than minor colds, I've never been ill in my life. I guess I've just led a charmed life.
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charmed life

An existence that seems protected by extreme good luck, as in Robert came out of that accident without a scratch; he must lead a charmed life. The adjective charmed once meant "magical," which is no doubt what Shakespeare had in mind when he used the term in Macbeth (5:8): "Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests, I bear a charmed life, which must not yield To one of woman born." Later it was extended to anyone who narrowly escaped from danger or was similarly lucky. [Late 1500s]
See also: charmed, life
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Some of their braves, also, who have had numerous hairbreadth 'scapes, like the old Nez Perce chief in the battle of Pierre's Hole, are believed to wear a charmed life, and to be bullet-proof.
My dear friend, I have a charmed life in this city.
I think all were gone when a group of savage boys surrounded Hook, who seemed to have a charmed life, as he kept them at bay in that circle of fire.
She bore a charmed life and prospered amid dangers and alarms.
So surely as the smoke cleared away, so surely there was he; calling hoarsely to his companions, brandishing his axe above his head, and dashing on as though he bore a charmed life, and was proof against ball and powder.
Up and down the ladders, upon the roofs of buildings, over floors that quaked and trembled with his weight, under the lee of falling bricks and stones, in every part of that great fire was he; but he bore a charmed life, and had neither scratch nor bruise, nor weariness nor thought, till morning dawned again, and only smoke and blackened ruins remained.
A forgettable first half was followed by an action-packed second in which the visitors' goal led a charmed life.
After all, I have led a very charmed life - there have been huge ups but there have been some huge downs.
Burton found themselves under pressure for much of the first half and they enjoyed a charmed life until Alfie Potter's goal in stoppage time.
Much has been made of Carlton House's troubled preparation - he had a foot injury at the start of Derby week - and the fact jockey Ryan Moore didn't exactly enjoy a charmed life in the race itself.
Their goal had a charmed life mid-way through the first-half when Adam Boyd had a deflected shot cleared off the line by Paul Huntington and Paul Murray forced a good save from John Sullivan.
It tells the story of the Peters fami ly - the charmed life of the children in their simple rural surroundings, tinged by the constant threat of shipwreck.
The Newtown goal lived a charmed life despite the heroic efforts of under-siege keeper Jonathan Rowley, with Antonio Corbisiero hitting a post on the half-hour mark.
Changelings are usually hidden in asylums, but Annalise leads a charmed life in upper crust London society.
It would have everything to do with the shame of seeing a 24-year-old's charmed life ruined, of seeing a bright future dim behind prison walls, of seeing someone so equipped with physical talent and brains to bring joy to himself and his family and his city throw that away.