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life of Riley

Also, life of Reilly. An easy life, as in Peter had enough money to take off the rest of the year and live the life of Riley. This phrase originated in a popular song of the 1880s, "Is That Mr. Reilly?" by Pat Rooney, which described what its hero would do if he suddenly came into a fortune.
See also: life, of, riley

lead/live the life of Reilly/ˈRiley

(informal) have a comfortable and enjoyable life without any worries: He inherited a lot of money and since then he’s been living the life of Riley.
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I'll see Reilly the lawyer and take the defense upon myself.
Reilly taught Rosie how to play dreidel, a game his Jewish mother had taught him.
Reilly was born Jeannette Claire Foster on April 13, 1918, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
JAMES BOND splashed his cash at some of the world's most glamorous locations - but the spy who inspired 007 stayed at Liverpool's Adelphi Hotel, the Sunday ECHO reveals, Sidney Reilly, a swashbuckling, womanising super-spy who plotted to overthrow Lenin, often stayed at the Adelphi on his way across the Atlantic.
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Reilly worked for Proctor & Gamble for 36 years, beginning after his discharge from the U.
Reilly & Co, which was established in January in Edgbaston, has already acquired Hall Green law firm, Williams Freeman & Lloyd.
Reilly recorded 35 songs for "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," a comedy that has Reilly sending up the musical biopic genre by playing the titular music legend from age 14 to 72.
TWISTED Thomas Reilly, who drowned his daughters in a bath before hanging himself, was revealed yesterday as a violent thug who left his wife Theresa living in fear.
Featuring a compelling story and powerful performances by its co-stars, Fighting Tommy Reilly opened to critical acclaim in 2005.
Reilly, whose practice at the Westfield-based law firm of Farer Fersko, focuses strongly on eminent domain law, will moderate a presentation at Urban Core III, New Jersey's premier revitalization workshop.
Under the stewardship of Nick Reilly, a GM veteran with experience in Europe, particularly at Vauxhall, the British operations that form part of GM Europe, the company officially came into being on October 17, 2002.
REILLY MORTGAGE GROUP, MCLEAN, VIRGINIA, has formed a lending partnership with Nomura Securities, New York, to provide a new source of debt capital for Reilly customers.