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earthly desires

Desires for tangible things (such as wealth, property, or other material goods) or for pleasures of the body (such as sexual activity, gluttony, or other hedonistic pursuits). Buddhism teaches us to try to let go of our earthly desires, freeing our minds and bodies for a state of enlightenment. Because our earthly desires are a reflection of our sins, we should shun them if we wish to receive God's light.
See also: desire, earthly

no earthly (something)

No conceivable or practical (something). You had all day, so there's no earthly reason you couldn't have finished this on time! It's very sweet that you bought me a laptop, dear, but I'm 85—I have no earthly use for one of those things!
See also: earthly, no

no earthly reason

No conceivable or practical reason. You had all day, so there's no earthly reason you couldn't have finished this on time! It's very sweet that you bought me a laptop, dear, but I'm 85—I have no earthly use for one of those things!
See also: earthly, no, reason

no earthly use

1. No conceivable or practical use. It's very sweet that you bought me a laptop, dear, but I'm 85—I have no earthly use for one of those things!
2. Not feasible or worth trying. I've told him how bad those cigarettes are for him, but it's no earthly use trying to argue with that man!
See also: earthly, no, use

not have an earthly chance

To have no possible or feasible chance of doing or accomplishing something. Primarily heard in UK. He hasn't an earthly chance of winning, but I'm voting for him nonetheless. I knew I wouldn't have an earthly chance of getting that promotion if I didn't make myself stand out in the company more.
See also: chance, earthly, have, not

not stand an earthly (chance)

To have no possible or feasible chance of doing or accomplishing something. Primarily heard in UK. He doesn't stand an earthly chance of winning, but I'm voting for him nonetheless. I knew I wouldn't stand an earthly of getting that promotion if I didn't make myself stand out in the company more.
See also: earthly, not, stand

no earthly reason

no conceivable reason. There is no earthly reason for your rude behavior. I can think of no earthly reason why the repairs should cost so much.
See also: earthly, no, reason

not have an earthly chance

Also, stand no earthly chance. Have no chance whatever, as in She doesn't have an earthly chance of getting into medical school, or Bill stands no earthly chance of winning the lottery. The use of no earthly in the sense of "no conceivable" dates from the mid-1700s.
See also: chance, earthly, have, not

not stand (or have) an earthly

have no chance at all. British informal
See also: earthly, not, stand

no earthly ˈuse, ˈreason, etc.

(informal) used to emphasize that there is no use, reason, etc. at all: There’s no earthly reason why she shouldn’t come with us.
See also: earthly, no

not (have) an ˈearthly (chance)

(British English, informal) (have) no chance at all: You haven’t an earthly chance of beating her at tennis — she is one of the best players in the country.‘Any chance of getting a ticket for the concert?’ ‘Not an earthly, I’m afraid.’
See also: earthly, not

no earthly reason

n. no conceivable reason. I can think of no earthly reason why the repairs should cost so much.
See also: earthly, no, reason
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