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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.
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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.

Prov. People need a deity to worship. (This is an English translation of a quote from Voltaire. It is often parodied, using a person's name instead of God and implying that the person is somehow necessary.) The atheist tried to convince Jerry that God does not exist, and that people should not waste their time worshiping Him. "But you can't stop people from worshiping God," Jerry replied. "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him." The unscrupulous mayor was such a convenient scapegoat for the city's problems that if she had not existed, it would have been necessary to invent her.
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Because existing buildings have so many pre-existing constraints, owners often don't consider them for "green" re-design, but there are more of them in our urban setting than new buildings.
The ability to emulate existing tape devices/libraries allows an organization to maintain current processes and procedures as well as its existing software environment making it overall less expensive to integrate than a generic disk-to-disk solution.
The real value in the existing building lies in the shear volume of materials that are already on site and in place, which will not have to be purchased, shipped and installed to create new structures.
There are several inherent benefits to utilizing existing Ethernet infrastructures.
Moving from perception, interpretation, and analysis to theory, one important difference between the early taxonomy and the new Circuits of Theory is that the original did not place enough emphasis on the differences between the individual and societal perspectives in relation to knowledge both existing and undiscovered.
The variation would shift the highway south of its existing route near the Llano del Rio Colony ruins and then rejoin the existing highway near the Llano post office near 172nd Street East.
5) Where a plan exists whereby taxpayers other than the historic shareholders of the distributing corporation will gain control of the controlled or distributed corporation, however, the legislative history of the 1997 Act expresses concern that "the transaction more closely resembles a corporate level disposition" than a rearrangement of continuing interests among existing shareholders(6).
Prior to 1980, investigatory and start-up costs incurred to expand an existing trade or business were immediately deductible.
Reversals of existing taxable temporary differences.
This can be done regardless of whether the existing machine is vented or non-vented.
Any existing facility that undergoes major alteration or renovation after January 26,1992 must be "readily accessible" and comply with the ADA Accessibility Guidelines unless the cost of compliance is disproportionate to the overall cost of the alterations.
Mailing disclosures to existing customers does not promote the bill's purpose to provide disclosures when consumers are shopping for an account.
NYSE: REV), announced today that its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, Revlon Consumer Products Corporation ("RCPC"), plans to refinance its existing credit agreement as part of the Company's overall plans to improve cash flow and strengthen its balance sheet and capital structure.
We are building a state-of-the art, technologically advanced facility that will complement the existing campus and surroundings, and we expect to attract a single large tenant who will appreciate the benefits the site has to offer.
Incorporating a technology outlined by Editor-In-Chief Mark Ferelli in a June 2002 CTR article, "Business Continuity Drives Backup", the DX30 offers speedy backup and restore times while ensuring reliability without replacing existing tape libraries.