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exist on borrowed time

To live or exist in a temporary and/or tenuous position, which may come to an end suddenly and abruptly. The small aboriginal population has been existing on borrowed time since the invaders began colonizing their land. Accidents and disease can strike so unexpectedly that it feels like we're all existing on borrowed time.
See also: borrow, exist, on, time

pardon me for living/breathing/existing/etc.

An angry, exasperated response to a criticism or rebuke that one feels is unwarranted or unjustified, especially since they believe they did something very minimal or nothing at all. (Any verb that approximately means "living" can be used after "for.") A: "Would you please just sit down and stop getting in my way?" B: "Well, pardon me for breathing!" You don't need to get so upset, I was just suggesting you ask for directions. Pardon me for living!

Pardon me for existing!

An angry, exasperated response to a criticism or rebuke that one feels is unwarranted or unjustified, especially since they believe they did something very minimal or nothing at all. A: "Would you please just sit down and stop getting in my way?" B: "Well, pardon me for existing!" You don't need to get so upset, I was just suggesting you ask for directions. Pardon me for existing!
See also: pardon

If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.

Prov. People need a deity to worship. (This is an English translation of a quote from Voltaire. It is often parodied, using a person's name instead of God and implying that the person is somehow necessary.) The atheist tried to convince Jerry that God does not exist, and that people should not waste their time worshiping Him. "But you can't stop people from worshiping God," Jerry replied. "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him." The unscrupulous mayor was such a convenient scapegoat for the city's problems that if she had not existed, it would have been necessary to invent her.
See also: did, god, if, invent, necessary, not

hand to mouth, exist/live from

Living with a minimum of sustenance or support. This term, which dates from about 1500, implies that one has so little to live on that whatever comes to hand is consumed. “I subsist, as the poor are vulgarly said to do, from hand to mouth,” wrote the poet William Cowper (1790).
See also: exist, hand, live
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More wondrous is the [thought] that He existed in eternity, where there was neither time, nor light, nor darkness, nor creation.
The resulting higher taxes, for the most part, consumed any return that existed. They also helped make co-op and condo conversions unaffordable.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, 3.7 million trusts existed in 2004; that number is expected to grow to 3.9 million by 2008.
Another Proof: Furthermore, it was always in His power to create these things-and nothing could or did prevent Him from doing so--they must therefore have existed with Him eternally (abadan).
TCP/IP has existed for over 20 years and is now the de facto standard network protocol for most private and public networks.
The owner, in response, asserted that it was allowed to charge a "first rent" because Clayton's apartment no longer existed. DHCR agreed.
Besides an acquisition involving a public offering, a distribution and a post-distribution acquisition would be part of a plan only if an agreement, understanding, arrangement or substantial negotiations about the acquisition (or a similar acquisition) existed at any tram during a two-year period ending on the distribution date.
Although it has existed for quite a few years, the assessment center has gained popularity as a tool for conducting promotional programs in the public sector only recently.
Some scientists claim to have already created elements 116 and 118, though neither existed for more than a few microseconds.