sign (one's) life away

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sign (one's) life away

To forfeit one's rights or control over some integral aspect of one's life, typically one's financial interests, as through some signed deal or agreement. Because our financial portfolio was so bad, we basically had to sign our lives away to get approved for a mortgage with the bank. If you agree to this plea bargain, the government will have total control over your property, accounts, and future revenue—so think very carefully before you sign your life away.
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First, though, I need to collect the keys and sign my life away. Make up your own mind on the Supra's styling (and there's a lot of styling going on), but the two-seat cabin will feel instantly familiar if you drive a BMW.
Sheila, if I'm lucky, will tell me "Clark, it's ready," and I'll walk up, smile, thank her, sign my life away, pull out my card, pay my $5.14, and walk away with a paper-wrapped, receipted pile of 25 pills.
After going through all safety rules, I had to sign my life away and waiver Tandem of any liability in the event of a mishap, injury or death.
Andreas has ambitions in the World Rally Championship, but even with his undoubted skill I can't help but feel nervous as I pull on a fireproof race suit and helmet and sign my life away with a disclaimer.
"I'd sign my life away probably here the way it's going at the moment.
'I wouldn't sign my life away and definitely want to do the Robert Burns film next April with Gerard Butler.
"As the WBA heavyweight cham-pionI should be able to meet them without having to sign my life away. Beating Valuev and taking his WBA title is my best chance of securing unification.
I was first in line for my keys and was greeted with a welcome smile and asked to sign my life away; you know the way all care hire companies do.