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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That's like signing your life away, when (their recommendations) could have no basis in fact," the defense lawyer said.
One North East electrician, who did not want to be named, told the Chronicle: "I wouldn't sign the agreement because you would be signing your life away.
Joining the gym is one of the most common New Year's Resolutions but there are cheaper ways of picking up expert tips than signing your life away for a year.
I know some people might say, 'Oh you're mad signing your life away like that'.
I know some people might say, 'Oh you're mad signing your life away like that', but I've done that before with Hornblower and I look on it like this, I'm an actor, if it works, great.
But before signing your life away, talk to fitness professionals about what you really want to achieve, and be realistic.
For those who aren't so keen on signing your life away in a waiver form, or if you're just looking for something that doesn't necessarily involve drenching yourself with recently melted ice, Kern Valley has come up with plenty of anti-adrenalin rush alternatives -- even less extreme than lake kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, mountain bike riding and rock climbing in the nearby Sequoia National Forest to pass a summer's day.