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have nine lives

To endure, continue, or survive despite a near encounter with death or disaster. From the common myth that cats have nine lives. I can't believe he survived after his bungee cord snapped! He must have nine lives or something. It seems as though the CEO has nine lives, as her company has faced near ruin several times but has managed to remain standing after all these years.
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The spate of killings was stepped up in February 1977 after the shooting of Jacques "Tomcat" Imbert, who owed his nickname to his reputation for having nine lives.
Leo earned a reputation of having nine lives after surviving two train wrecks, a flood in Mississippi, an earthquake in California, a fire and a plane crash.
The old adage about cats having nine lives has shown itself to be true in this case," an RSPCA officer said yesterday.
Known as "the Cat" for supposedly having nine lives, Phil was famously fined for kicking his England cap around the pitch in India, punished for swearing at an umpire and got accused of smoking cannabis during an England tour.
Forget a cat having nine lives, this Catt has almost had nine positions in the England set-up.