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the life of Reilly

A life of great ease, comfort, or luxury, used especially in the phrase "lead/live the life of Reilly." The phrase is likely of early 20th-century Irish-American origin, but to whom Reilly refers is uncertain. Pampered from a young age after his father came into sudden wealth, Jonathan led the life of Reilly compared to the hardships his older siblings faced.
See also: life, of, Reilly