charmed life


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charmed life

A life characterized or seemingly protected by marked good fortune or luck, without (or rarely) encountering trouble, danger, or misfortune. Often preceded by the verbs "lead," "live," or "have." Celebrities seem to have a rather charmed life, with everything handed to them on a silver platter. Other than minor colds, I've never been ill in my life. I guess I've just led a charmed life.
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charmed life

An existence that seems protected by extreme good luck, as in Robert came out of that accident without a scratch; he must lead a charmed life. The adjective charmed once meant "magical," which is no doubt what Shakespeare had in mind when he used the term in Macbeth (5:8): "Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests, I bear a charmed life, which must not yield To one of woman born." Later it was extended to anyone who narrowly escaped from danger or was similarly lucky. [Late 1500s]
See also: charmed, life
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Some of their braves, also, who have had numerous hairbreadth 'scapes, like the old Nez Perce chief in the battle of Pierre's Hole, are believed to wear a charmed life, and to be bullet-proof.
My dear friend, I have a charmed life in this city.
Little Teddy bore a charmed life, for nothing ever happened to him, and Jo never felt any anxiety when he was whisked up into a tree by one lad, galloped off on the back of another, or supplied with sour russets by his indulgent papa, who labored under the Germanic delusion that babies could digest anything, from pickled cabbage to buttons, nails, and their own small shoes.
I think all were gone when a group of savage boys surrounded Hook, who seemed to have a charmed life, as he kept them at bay in that circle of fire.
She bore a charmed life and prospered amid dangers and alarms.
So surely as the smoke cleared away, so surely there was he; calling hoarsely to his companions, brandishing his axe above his head, and dashing on as though he bore a charmed life, and was proof against ball and powder.
Up and down the ladders, upon the roofs of buildings, over floors that quaked and trembled with his weight, under the lee of falling bricks and stones, in every part of that great fire was he; but he bore a charmed life, and had neither scratch nor bruise, nor weariness nor thought, till morning dawned again, and only smoke and blackened ruins remained.
The Cables' goal has led a charmed life before Walshaw emphatically struck for Scarborough, Coulson soon doubling the lead finishing well once one-on-one with Ben Barnes.
The reality show - a spin-off from Keeping Up With The Kardashians - charts the youngest of the clan's charmed life.
Shot Caller begins with Jacob (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) being released from prison after a 10-year term, then takes us back to his charmed life before he was imprisoned.
Evie Gibb lives a seemingly charmed life on a thoroughbred racehorse farm.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt seem like they have a charmed life together, but it has been learned that behind the scenes the two are fighting over money.
Synopsis: "Beyond a Charmed Life, A Mother's Unconditional Love" by Barbara Huntress Tresness is an inspirational memoir about a mother's love for her special needs son with heartfelt stories and a triumphant spirit of overcoming insurmountable challenges.
Beyond a Charmed Life, A Mother's Unconditional Love" is an inspirational memoir about a mother's love for her special needs son with heartfelt stories and a triumphant spirit of overcoming insurmountable challenges.
Celebrated linguistics professor Alice Howland (Julianne Moore, right) leads a charmed life with husband John (Alec Baldwin) and three grown-up children but is struck down with the condition.