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have nine lives

To endure, continue, or survive despite a near encounter with death or disaster. From the common myth that cats have nine lives. I can't believe he survived after his bungee cord snapped! He must have nine lives or something. It seems as though the CEO has nine lives, as her company has faced near ruin several times but has managed to remain standing after all these years.
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have nine ˈlives

be very lucky in dangerous situations: We were called to the hospital twice, but the old man seemed to have nine lives, and before long made a complete recovery.This idiom refers to the traditional saying that cats have nine lives.
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The spate of killings was stepped up in February 1977 after the shooting of Jacques "Tomcat" Imbert, who owed his nickname to his reputation for having nine lives. Imbert, who ran a nightclub in Cassis, was shot 23 times by three hitmen from a rival gang.
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Known as "the Cat" for supposedly having nine lives, Phil was famously fined for kicking his England cap around the pitch in India, punished for swearing at an umpire and got accused of smoking cannabis during an England tour.
While touring with MGM, Leo earned a reputation of having nine lives: he allegedly survived two train wrecks, a flood in Mississippi, an earthquake in California, a fire and a plane crash.
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