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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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College and university administrators can best incorporate sustainability into existing campuses, whether it is incremental maintenance decisions or significant upgrades, if they work to develop an overall infrastructure master plan.
At least one advocacy organization for new immigrants has questioned the need for creation of a new federal agency while an existing body, the Alliance of Credential Assessment Services of Canada, is fully qualified to perform assessment functions.
With a refreshing openness when describing his design rationale, he adopts what he calls a roll-with-it attitude that makes the most of how things actually are; how the condition of an existing structure may focus his attention on site, and how a fabrication process may be exploited to bring out inherent material characteristics.
Although sufficient to support existing technology such as Fibre Channel, Ethernet and SCSI storage, the PCI architecture falls short in supporting planned technologies such as 8-Gigabit and 10-Gb Fibre Channel as well as 10-Gigabit Ethernet.
That's because responding to your existing residents' growing aging-in-place needs while remaining fully market-responsive is frequently viewed as a no-win situation.
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