for the life of (one)


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for the life of (one)

Despite one's best efforts; to any degree. I can't for the life of me remember where I left my keys! For the life of her, she just didn't understand people's obsession with selfies.
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for the life of me

at all; even one little bit. (Used with a negative.) For the life of me, I can't figure this out. I can't for the life of me climb up a mountain.
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for the life of me

however hard I try; even if my life depended on it. informal
1998 Robert Newman Manners I cannot for the life of me think what the name of the lead singer was.
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for the life of (one)

Though trying hard: For the life of me I couldn't remember his name.
See also: life, of