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eternal sleep

A euphemism for death. Even though she had been sick for months, we were all devastated when our grandmother entered her eternal sleep.
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eternal life

Life after death. While we all will miss Stu's presence here on Earth, he will now enjoy eternal life in heaven.
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eternal triangle

A sexual encounter or relationship between three people. Although exciting at first, the eternal triangle caused their relationship to suffer and ultimately end.
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eternal life

Euph. life after death. He passed on into eternal life, leaving us behind to mourn. She is now at rest in eternal life.
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(the) eternal triangle

a sexual or emotional relationship involving two women and one man or two men and one woman. (*Typically, a couple [man and woman] and another man or woman.) Henry can't choose between his wife and his mistress. It's the eternal triangle. I'm surprised Jane doesn't get tired of the eternal triangle. She goes out with Peter at the weekend and Jim during the week.
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Hope springs eternal (in the human breast).

Prov. People will continue to hope even though they have evidence that things cannot possibly turn out the way they want. (From Alexander Pope's poem, "Essay on Man." Sometimes used to remark that you believe someone's situation is hopeless, as in the first example.) Jill: The boss may have turned me down the first twelve times I asked for a raise, but this time I really think she'll give it to me. Jane: Hope springs eternal in the human breast. Alan: You're not still trying to teach the dog to shake hands! Jane: Hope springs eternal.
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eternal triangle

A relationship involving three lovers, such as two women involved with one man or two men with one woman. For example, The plot of the murder mystery revolved around the eternal triangle of a husband, wife, and another woman . [c. 1900]
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hope springs eternal

People will keep on hoping, no matter what the odds. For example, I keep buying lottery tickets-hope springs eternal. This expression was coined by Alexander Pope ( An Essay on Man, 1732) and quickly became proverbial.
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the Eternal City

a name for the city of Rome.
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eternal triangle

a relationship between three people, typically a couple and the lover of one of them, involving sexual rivalry.
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hope springs eternal

it is human nature always to find fresh cause for optimism.
This is a shortened version of Alexander Pope's line in An Essay on Man ( 1733 ): ‘Hope springs eternal in the human breast’.
1992 Angela Lambert A Rather English Marriage Hope springs eternal—she smiled wryly—even in Tunbridge Wells .
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ˌhope springs eˈternal

(saying) human beings never stop hoping: She’s sure that he’ll come back to her one day. I’m not so sure, but hope springs eternal.This comes from An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope: ‘Hope springs eternal in the human breast’.
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the eternal checkout

n. death. Hank knew the eternal checkout was just around the corner, and he suddenly got religion.
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References in classic literature ?
Whilst the eternal generation of circles proceeds, the eternal generator abides.
She panted, showing her teeth, and the hate of strength, the disdain of weakness, the eternal preoccupation of sex came out like a toy demon out of a box.
On the candid light of the eyes flitted shadows; shadows of doubt, of suspicion, the ready suspicion of an unquenchable antagonism, the pitiless mistrust of an eternal instinct of defence; the hate, the profound, frightened hate of an incomprehensible--of an abominable emotion intruding its coarse materialism upon the spiritual and tragic contest of her feelings.
I'm very proud to be working with Avon and to be the face of Eternal Magic," said Saldana.
Your Eternal Self" disagrees--and claims that this lifetime is only one stop in a eternal journey and that reality is far more than it seems--that your mind is not simply something that sulks around in your head and is something far greater.
Sundell presents Mosaics in the Eternal City, a scholarly portrait of Rome between 400 and 1300 as gathered through study of the major works of its monumental public visual art that have survived: the mosaics in the apses, on the arches, and on the walls of eight churches.
Soon Eternal and Deviant are at war; one hundred Eternals vs.
Mortal sin is lethal in the sense that it can rob us of our eternal life--salvation.
Like them, he has a request: "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?
Gary Blakely, president of the Chicago Illinois Stake, which oversees 11 local congregations, explains that Mormons believe families can be together forever, and this eternal relationship represents the highest level of salvation they can reach.
Marincola, who served in Europe between 1943-45, said he wouldn't miss the solemn pageant of fluttering colors and noble brass notes at the Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary -- a chance to honor those who fought on behalf of America.
By transposing the Bible's historical analogies into eternal truths, the reader's perception of life's content is radically altered.
God's Immutability and the Necessity of Descartes' Eternal Truths, DAN KAUFMAN
Mother Eternal Ann Everlastin's Dead by Pat G'Orge-Walker Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp.