not long for this world


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not long for this world

On the verge of dying, failing, or permanently breaking. I'm sorry to say that Great-Grandma Jean is not long for this world. I think we should all make the trip to see her one last time. My car is not long for this world, so I'm going to have to start thinking about how I'm going to afford a new one.
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not long for this world

Fig. about to die. Our dog is nearly twelve years old and not long for this world. I'm so tired. I think I'm not long for this world.
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not long for this world

If someone is not long for this world, they are very old or ill and likely to die soon. She's 93 and in fairly poor health. I should imagine she's not long for this world. Hastings asked him to become his assistant earlier that year, perhaps knowing that he was not long for this world.
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I knew he was sick, not long for this world, but it came too soon.
The nursing home resident was old and frail, had lots of medical conditions, and was not long for this world.
If you hadn't guessed, Abuelita is not long for this world, and when she fails to wake up one morning, little Carlitos buys a ride across the border.
I have a guy with liver failure and he's not long for this world.
A sick person of limited intelligence was NFB (Normal For Bolton) while someone not long for this world was classed as CTD (Circling The Drain).
Maybe he assumed Canada was not long for this world.
He's of the opinion that it is not long for this world, at least in its current incarnation.
Arc-winning rider Gary Moore talks about his father, Australian riding legend George Moore, reportedly not long for this world in a Sydney nursing home
To those of you who skipped away from the phone gaily after a creditable impression to your boss of someone not long for this world, welldone,I hope you made good use of it.
Needless to say, Amedori's marriage to DePaola was not long for this world, and in fact she has since remarried.