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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Some were boys of just 14 years old, boys who had seen only adventure, not death, as a recruiting sergeant had turned a blind eye while they signed their lives away for king and country.
In a future episode, Phil and Michelle invest in land and have the sudden, horrible realization that they have signed their lives away to live in the desolate wilderness.