borrowed time


Definition of borrowed time

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

Examples of borrowed time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The outdoor shows have not been particularly well-attended, and Gas Monkey Bar may be on borrowed time. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Gas Monkey Live, founded by reality TV star Richard Rawlings, has closed after six years," 26 May 2020 Even before the pandemic struck the acceleration of cord cutting has fueled questions about whether or not the traditional TV business is essentially living on borrowed time. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Streaming and pay TV: Bad economic times could make the battle for bucks much tougher," 21 May 2020 In Season 4, Alfred (David Dawson) is living on borrowed time, and his vision for a unified England seems further away than ever. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ and ‘Vida’," 26 Apr. 2020 When police raided the Limelight in the fall of 1995, his empire was living on borrowed time. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Peter Gatien, the ’90s ‘Club King,’ Wants His Final Say," 2 Apr. 2020 Billings, Montana — John Raines, 49, is living on borrowed time. Steve Hartman, CBS News, "Dying man surprised by special graduation for his son," 17 Jan. 2020 The oldest had been apparently living on borrowed time as the life expectancy of these nomadic Scythian fighting females was 30-35, according to a press release. Fox News, "Ancient Amazon warrior women discovered in Russia," 9 Jan. 2020 And then there are the ones living on borrowed time — whether to be concealed by a new building, or have their masonry canvas shredded so that a new building can rise. John King,, "Urban Handbook: Ghost signs’ often-brief lives tell stories of the past," 31 Dec. 2019 Seniors living on borrowed time and money while bankers drain their children’s inheritance makes for a potent image of decline. Gerard Gayou, WSJ, "A Trade Deficit Isn’t A Mortgage," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of borrowed time

1664, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jun 2020

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“Borrowed time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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