nine lives


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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.
See also: lives, nine

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.
See also: lives, nine
References in classic literature ?
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.
Summary: Patna (Bihar) [India], Feb 28 (ANI): Suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Manoj Baitha an accused in the Muzaffarpur hit-and-run case, on Wednesday denied driving the vehicle involved in the accident which claimed nine lives.
a Harbour Group company, has acquired Nine Lives Inc's Wolverine Engine Heaters business and related assets according to Jeff Fox, Harbour Group's chairman and chief executive.
a Harbour Group Co, has acquired the Wolverine Engine Heaters business and related assets of Nine Lives, Inc.
Incessant rains and lightning have claimed nine lives in West Bengal, while about 2,000 people in Tripura have been displaced due to floods triggered by heavy showers.
com)-- Jay Lender of SpongeBob SquarePants and Disney's Phineas and Ferb fame, has joined Pilla-Scheetz Productions to help produce season 1 of The Nine Lives of Claw.
I feel like a cat with nine lives but hopefully I will be accidentfree for a while longer.
With heavyweight names including the talented Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and master of coolness Christopher Walken it's a pretty safe bet that Nine Lives must at the very least be ok; I mean how bad can it really be?
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunsday expressed grief over the tragic road accident at Jhirk near Thatta, resulting into loss of nine lives and injuries to more than 15 persons.
KARACHI -- Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed grief over a tragic road accident near Thatta, which claimed nine lives and left more than 15 injured.
A PET cat has used up one of its nine lives after trapping itself in a washing machine while its owner put it on a 60C cycle.
With "The Nine Lives of Pinrut the Turnip Boy" author Reg Down again demonstrates a lively imagination combined with superbly crafted storytelling skills that will engage and entertain young readers ranging from grade 3 to grade 6.
However, it was also shown that the EU is like a cat with nine lives and it would stand on its feet regardless of what happens.