borrowed time

noun

Definition of borrowed time

: an uncertain and usually uncontrolled postponement of something inevitable used with living on

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Though Crosby appears sturdy, even robust, everybody in his immediate orbit seems to agree that the singer, who is seventy-seven, is operating on borrowed time, as the seemingly undeserving beneficiary of a divine extension. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Weekend preview: Women and beers and TVs we love, plus a Bon Jovi dance party?," 7 Aug. 2019 That deal fell through, but the property is still for sale, and Ms. Micklesen and her neighbors know now that their community, and their way of life, are on borrowed time. Jason Buch, New York Times, "For Seattle’s Last Mobile Home Owners, the Clock Is Ticking," 21 July 2019 Though Crosby appears sturdy, even robust, everybody in his immediate orbit seems to agree that the singer, who is seventy-seven, is operating on borrowed time, as the seemingly undeserving beneficiary of a divine extension. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "David Crosby Celebrates His Ornery Self in the Documentary “Remember My Name”," 16 July 2019 For many years, Borrego Springs has been living on borrowed time, drawing far more water from the ground than its rains replace, a practice the state says can no longer continue. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Borrego Air Ranch: A desert community in peril," 7 July 2019 Tate’s case is a reminder that parents are unabashedly posting about their little kids on borrowed time. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The One Question Parents Should Ask Themselves Before Posting Their Kids on Social Media," 14 Jan. 2019 But the beloved room is, sadly, now on borrowed time: On Tuesday, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the Frick’s plan for a major expansion and renovation of its complex, originally a 1914 Gilded Age mansion. New York Times, "As the Frick Expands, New York City Music Suffers," 29 June 2018 The days of Louisiana residents falling back and springing forward could very well be on borrowed time. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "Should Louisiana use Daylight Saving Time? State task force will evaluate the options," 23 May 2018 All are potentially on borrowed time, facing a three-year window before regulators may force them off the FM band. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "MeTV FM goes from low-power TV station to top-10 Chicago radio station," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of borrowed time

1664, in the meaning defined above

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