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earthly desires

Desires for tangible things (such as wealth, property, or other material goods) or for pleasures of the body (such as sexual activity, gluttony, or other hedonistic pursuits). Buddhism teaches us to try to let go of our earthly desires, freeing our minds and bodies for a state of enlightenment. Because our earthly desires are a reflection of our sins, we should shun them if we wish to receive God's light.
See also: desire, earthly

no earthly reason

no conceivable reason. There is no earthly reason for your rude behavior. I can think of no earthly reason why the repairs should cost so much.
See also: earthly, reason

not have an earthly chance

Also, stand no earthly chance. Have no chance whatever, as in She doesn't have an earthly chance of getting into medical school, or Bill stands no earthly chance of winning the lottery. The use of no earthly in the sense of "no conceivable" dates from the mid-1700s.
See also: chance, earthly, have, not

not stand (or have) an earthly

have no chance at all. British informal
See also: earthly, not, stand

no earthly ˈuse, ˈreason, etc.

(informal) used to emphasize that there is no use, reason, etc. at all: There’s no earthly reason why she shouldn’t come with us.
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not (have) an ˈearthly (chance)

(British English, informal) (have) no chance at all: You haven’t an earthly chance of beating her at tennis — she is one of the best players in the country.‘Any chance of getting a ticket for the concert?’ ‘Not an earthly, I’m afraid.’
See also: earthly, not

no earthly reason

n. no conceivable reason. I can think of no earthly reason why the repairs should cost so much.
See also: earthly, reason
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In Jan van Eyck's pictures, especially those in which torpid saints and ecclesiastics gather bejewelled among the artifacts of the Burgundian court, there is always an incipience, though never more, of earthliness.
Johnson's is far more upbeat, moving in a general direction from earthliness toward heavenly spirituality, a contrast to Clough's doubts and desperation, supplementing critiques that suggest sources in Arnold and the Pre-Raphaelites.
And evidently the ghost's punishment and its fires have not yet burned away its earthliness with its deep-rooted passion, not taught it Christian forgiveness.