live to tell the tale

live to tell the tale

to still be alive after a dangerous or frightening experience I should imagine very few people have fallen from that height and lived to tell the tale. I had dinner with her and lived to tell the tale.
See also: live, tale, tell
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Some will lose their battle, others will live to tell the tale and seek justice for those they have loved and lost.
But I feel that sometimes the biggest problem with making '''' bad'''' decisions about our health is that we become desensitised to the impact they have because the first time we make them, we live to tell the tale.
DURING the terrifying moments of the raid, security guard Trevor Scarr feared he would not live to tell the tale of his ordeal.
A LAD of 11 watched his father fall 100ft down England's tallest mountain - and live to tell the tale.
But at least if they do get hit at a lower speed, they will probably live to tell the tale.
Nero, but they can make such journeys in the imagination, ask the hard questions, and live to tell the tale .
But I knew if the rocket landed close enough then I simply wouldn't live to tell the tale.
He said: "It may seem like it will never happen to you, but fire can happen anywhere and to anyone and the only way that you will live to tell the tale is if you have a working smoke alarm to give early warning of a fire in the home.
Everyone knows the story, and everyone can relate to it: children, who are fascinated by the idea of a giant man-eating whale, and adults, who are fascinated by a prophet who shows such cheek and disrespect to the Lord God and manages to live to tell the tale.
Many abuse drugs for decades and still live to tell the tale.
Actually, it is a miracle they live to tell the tale.
Joust will recreate the verve and vigour of a world in which lives were harsh and hearts passionate - an opportunity to spend a day in the Middle Ages and live to tell the tale.
To return these creatures to their homeland, Shrek must rescue a princess from a fire-breathing dragon -- and live to tell the tale.
TV series may have had years more disastrous than ``Ally McBeal's'' 1999-2000 season, but they usually don't live to tell the tale.
He said: "Not many people live to tell the tale about being shot in the head by an AK-47.