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bear a charmed life
obsolete cliché To lead a life characterized or seemingly protected by exceptionally good fortune or luck, without (or rarely) encountering trouble, harm, or misfortune. Lady Mary bears a charmed life and knows nothing of the wants of the common folk. The general rode out into battle as if he bore a charmed life, charging through the hail of bullets and artillery with reckless abandon.
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charmed life, to bear (lead) a
To be extremely lucky, to emerge from danger unscathed. The term probably was invented by Shakespeare, for whom charmed had the significance of “magical.” Thus Macbeth proclaims he is magically protected against death (“I bear a charmed life, which must not yield to one of woman born,” 5.7) but is nevertheless slain by Macduff, who “was from his mother’s womb untimely ripped.” The expression was transferred to less combative affairs and said of anyone who escaped unfortunate consequences. It was a cliché by the mid-nineteenth century.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer