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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not long for this world

Expected to survive only for a short time. This expression dates from the early nineteenth century. In a letter of 1822, Byron wrote, “If it is, I cannot be long for this world.”
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If we're all not long for this world, the question we must ask is why do we persevere?
But more than even the puncturing, I came to be unnerved by the extraordinary means we sometimes used to keep some folks alive who were clearly not long for this world anymore.
I'vefound several small tortoiseshells in January over the years,but worst of all was a comma,its raggedy wings in perfect condition,but not long for this world,as it shivered on a grassy bank.
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.
The meddling burghers of Brussels have taken away your beloved pounds and ounces, the quid in your pocket is not long for this world, and a good old-fashioned pint is about to be replaced by the loathsome litre.
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).
Good television,in a perverse sort of way.Indeed at times Big Ecklooked as thoughhewas undergoing a rectal examination in his dug-out.Worsethan that, every nervous tic seemed to say, "I'm not long for this world".
'' It's always incredibly moving when you hear about a person who knows they are not long for this world making their partner promise they'll try to find happiness again.
Good television,in a perverse sort of way.Indeed at times Big Eck looked as though he was undergoing a rectal examination in his dug-out.Worse than that, every nervous tic seemed to say, "I'm not long for this world".
Manimal was not long for this world - or any, for that matter.
I don't think health and safety officers were referring to Chris Grayling though the idiot shadow frontbencher looked as if he knows he too is not long for this world.
"He said he was not long for this world and he wanted to do something for his son.