for the life of

for the life of (one)

Despite one's best efforts; to any degree. I can't for the life of me remember where I left my keys! For the life of her, she just didn't understand people's obsession with "selfies."
See also: life, of

for the life of (one)

Though trying hard: For the life of me I couldn't remember his name.
See also: life, of
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The amount of premium you pay goes into the policy design, especially on a traditional policy because you know you have a fixed premium often for the life of the contract.