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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not ˌlong for this ˈworld

(old-fashioned) likely to die soon: She looked extremely ill and I fear she’s not long for this world.
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Unless we get it out, chances are she's not long for this world.
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Jane Austen's characters were liable to speak of anyone over 50 years old as not long for this world - unless they were paying them an annuity, when they were expected to hang on forever.
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