in the land of the living

in the land of the living

1. If someone is in the land of the living, they are alive. Lessing said that she had no intention of allowing someone to write a biography of her as long as she was still in the land of the living.
2. If someone is in the land of the living, they are awake, healthy, or lively. Talking, even if it is only about the weather, reassures your carers that you are back in the land of the living.
See also: land, living, of

in the land of the living

alive or awake. humorous
This is a biblical idiom: see, for example, Job 28:13: ‘Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living’ or Psalms 52:5: ‘God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living’.
See also: land, living, of

in the ˌland of the ˈliving

(humorous) alive: Nice to see you. I’m glad to see that you’re still in the land of the living.
See also: land, living, of