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chance of a lifetime

An extremely important and/or fortuitous opportunity, especially one that is not likely to ever present itself again. Often (but not always) used hyperbolically. They offered me the chance of a lifetime to travel the world and write about my experiences abroad. Make sure you take advantage of our sale, it's a chance of a lifetime!
See also: chance, lifetime, of

a legend in (one's) own lifetime

A person who has an extraordinary level of fame or reputation while they are still alive. The singer has made such a huge impact on the world of blues that she's come to be a legend in her own lifetime.
See also: legend, lifetime, own

Why break the habit of a lifetime?

A rhetorical question expressing doubt that someone will change their bad habit. Typically said after that person has announced their intention to stop such a habit. A: "That's it. That's my last cigarette." B: "Why break the habit of a lifetime?"
See also: break, habit, of, why

once in a lifetime

A hyperbolic phrase used to describe things or situations that seem unlikely to happen again. You have to take this job in the Zurich office—it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in Switzerland.
See also: lifetime, once

once-in-a-lifetime chance

 and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
a chance that will never occur again in one's lifetime. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. Don't miss it. She offered me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but I turned it down.
See also: chance

once in a lifetime

Extremely rare, especially as an opportunity. For example, An offer like that will come just once in a lifetime. This phrase, often used hyperbolically, was first recorded in 1854. Also see of one's life.
See also: lifetime, once

a legend in their own lifetime

a very famous or notorious person.
See also: legend, lifetime, own

of a lifetime

(of a chance or experience) such as does not occur more than once in a person's life; exceptional.
See also: lifetime, of

the chance, etc. of a ˈlifetime

a wonderful opportunity, etc. that you are not likely to get again: This is your chance to win the trip of a lifetime!
See also: lifetime, of
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Even with a relatively high usage rate, media lifetime ranges are projected in decades, which is significantly longer than what has been seen historically in the hardware and software technologies used to run them.
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Supporters of Proposition 140, in an argument published in the official ballot pamphlet mailed to registered voters said, ``Proposition 140 will put an end to the lifetime legislators who have developed cozy relationships with special interests.
While the durability of any mold depends on its complexity and the section sizes of the casting, a typically designed lifetime of a simple H-13 tool steel mold may be 70,000 castings.
Until recently, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimated the lifetime risk of breast cancer by cutting off the analysis at age 85.
The new AARP Lifetime Income Program from New York Life will help AARP members effectively address one of retirement's most urgent financial needs.
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We plan to use this oil in a new type of neutron lifetime measurement, where a bellows system ("accordion") enables to vary the trap size in a wide range while the total surface area and distribution of surface area over height remain constant.