life of Riley

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the life of Riley

A life of great ease, comfort, or luxury, used especially in the phrase "lead/live the life of Riley." The phrase is likely of early 20th-century Irish-American origin, but to whom Riley refers is uncertain. Pampered from a young age after his father came into sudden wealth, Jonathan led the life of Riley compared to the hardships his older siblings faced.
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life of Riley

Also, life of Reilly. An easy life, as in Peter had enough money to take off the rest of the year and live the life of Riley. This phrase originated in a popular song of the 1880s, "Is That Mr. Reilly?" by Pat Rooney, which described what its hero would do if he suddenly came into a fortune.
See also: life, of, riley
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The film is set to be based on The Life of Reilly, a play written by Alison Stanley, another mother of an autistic child, partly inspired by Christine's blog of the same name.
Coincidentally, when I first saw pictures of her my Nana shouted out a word that began with "b" and rhymed with witch, due to her East End publicity stunts during the Blitz when she made out she was suffering with her people while living the life of Reilly.
Never Satisfied LIVIN' on a penshun It's not much of a do The dough's not fit to menshun The time 'angs 'eavy too Yer'll live the life of Reilly The politicians said Don't think much uv Reilly If that's the life 'e led My pants 'r on the slack side The Scouse is blind these days Sittin' on yer backside Ain't a job wot pays The missis gets 'er 'ur done On Mondees arr 'arf price There's passes for the buses Irr all sounds very nice Burr-d sooner 'ave the ackers A'd do without each perk Ter be back with me wackers Grumbling about werk by the late Stella Blainey
Jes Rust the University of Bonn said that the parasite lived the life of Reilly, as there were many salamanders in the lakes, as fossil finds at the same location near Ningcheng in Inner Mongolia (China) have shown.
LIFE OF REILLY Michael Reilly fires Glenafton 2-1 ahead in the local derby
The results were as follows: Really Novice Show Jumping; 1st Georgia WilKinson, Jigsaw, 2nd Megan Hey, Meadmoor Warrior Princess, 3rd Riley Malone, Life of Reilly.
SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP GAA: LEINSTER SEN FOOTBALL CHAMPIO FINAL Meat o Dublin v Meath Croke Park, 2pm, Live on TV3 MEATH are enjoying the of Reilly so far this summeATH are enjoying the life of Reilly so far this summer.
The Bull Hayes heads the weights for the 13-runner event, having gone up 8lb for his win, under Geraghty, at Killarney last month when he had three of today's rivals - Life Of Reilly (second), Clarach (fourth) and False Economy (fifth) behind.
Does he really think that people live the life of Reilly on benefits?
But when I read the revelations from Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, that he had sleepless nights in his battle to make the Gunners great again, I thought to myself, what a lovely way to lose sleep: handling top class players, spending money and living the life of Reilly.
The pampered one-tonne bull, which has sired 220 daughters to date, lives the life of Reilly at the Cogent farm on the Duke of Westminster's Cheshire estate.
The pampered one-tonne bull, who has sired 220 daughters to date, lives the life of Reilly at the Cogent farm which lies on Duke of Westminster's Cheshire estate.
Reilly's way of doing it brings him to his latest work, Save It for the Stage: The Life of Reilly, which opens off-Broadway at New York's Irish Repertory Theatre on October 7 following several successful regional runs, with an eye toward Broadway.
TERRY HAVENS HAS BEEN LIVING THE LIFE OF REILLY FOR THE PAST NINE years--the life of Reilly Mortgage Group, that is.