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nine lives

What one is said to have after surviving 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 parachute didn't open! 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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nine lives

If you say that someone has nine lives, you mean that they keep managing to get out of difficult or dangerous situations without being harmed. I was certain that one day my nine lives would run out and I would be caught — or worse. I think this is probably going to be the end, although he has shown he is a political cat with far more than nine lives. Note: This expression is often used to suggest surprise that a person has survived so long. Note: This expression comes from the saying `a cat has nine lives', which people use to say that cats seem to survive a lot of very dangerous situations or events.
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"But in the course of my wanderings I had the good fortune to save the ninth life of a tailor -- tailors having, like cats, nine lives, as you probably know.
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
"I have nine lives," said the kitten, purring softly as it walked around in a circle and then came back to the roof; "but I can't lose even one of them by falling in this country, because I really couldn't manage to fall if I wanted to."
A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook Itbayat, Batanes Thursday morning, days after it was jolted by a killer quake that claimed nine lives and damaged numerous houses and structures.
According to the details, the police said that the incident took place near Sakrand town in Nawabshah in which blaze claimed nine lives and burnt all household goods.
He is perhaps the master of political survival or as others say, he has the proverbial nine lives of a cat.
A small section of the slope along Jalan Paya Terubong, about 1.6km from the location of the Bukit Kukus landslide that claimed nine lives last month, collapsed before dawn today.
Earlier, it was reported that a mysterious disease had claimed nine lives in Barimakar area of Lower Dir.
Earlier on Wednesday, a suicide blast claimed nine lives and left over 20 wounded as the attacker targeted a police picket ahead of a religious congregation underway in Raiwind area.
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A WOMAN who has been likened to a "cat with nine lives" has made an unlikely recovery from a string of injuries - and is preparing to run her first marathon.