sign (one's) life away

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sign (one's) life away

To forfeit one's rights or control over some integral aspect of one's life, typically one's financial interests, as through some signed deal or agreement. Because our financial portfolio was so bad, we basically had to sign our lives away to get approved for a mortgage with the bank. If you agree to this plea bargain, the government will have total control over your property, accounts, and future revenue—so think very carefully before you sign your life away.
See also: away, life, sign
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In turn, people sign their lives away as the syndicate bosses battle for power.
Unfortunately, there is always a ready queue of fit young men with much too little knowledge of history, too few career options and too little experience of life who are only too willing to sign their lives away.
At a recent Monte Carlo TV fest, the stars of "Lost" and "Grey's Anatomy" bemoaned having to sign their lives away for seven years, while they could be out of a job from one day to the next if their character was killed off.
She had made it through to the final 10, but left claiming the producers wanted them to sign their lives away with their contracts.
Resisting the temptation to sign their lives away, Hem have got where they are today by going it alone.