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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.
See also: life, of, riley

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 cutbacks are being made by Cameron, Clegg and Osborne as, once again, they are off another long holiday and are living a life of Riley at the taxpayers' expense.
He'll be joined by his son, Riley - the eponymous star of the song, Life of Riley.
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He spent all his retirement with Anne Davis, Mick's partner, and he enjoyed the life of Riley.
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Insider hears the line-up for the night already included Zutons guitarist Sean Payne, Coral guitarist Bill Ryder Jones and Ian's son Riley (who the song Life of Riley was written about).
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