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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Formerly a useful Flat handicapper, Life Of Riley blazed a trail that Bardon Hill Boy could never reduce, and passed the post with nine lengths to spare over that rival.
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Mr Ainsworth said: "We are determined that we will make crime less profitable - we know there are people the length and breadth of the country that are living the life of Riley and are not supported by any visible income.
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Now she's back for a new run of Life of Riley, and there are more comical problems in store for long-suffering matriarch Maddy.
And he added: "The thought that my father has been pretending, only to rise, Lazaruslike, from his sickbed to live the life of Riley, is both absurd and very hurtful.
But as a guest of BMII was afforded the life of Riley in the Premium Economy Cabin.
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Thankfully, prison bosses at Hollesley Bay open prison have refused his request - not, I suspect, because they think Jeffrey will abuse the privilege (which unquestionably he would) but because yet again attention will be focused on "holiday-camp prisons" and criminals who, far from being punished, are living the life of Riley at the taxpayers' expense.
We know there are people that are living the life of Riley and are not supported by any visible income.
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