borrowed time

noun

Definition of borrowed time 

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

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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 But an historic Champions League collapse against Barcelona at the last 16 stage last season, followed by elimination at the hands of Real Madrid in the same round this season ensured the Spaniard was always going to be on borrowed time. SI.com, "PSG Coach Unai Emery Confirms He Will Leave Club at the End of the Season," 27 Apr. 2018 Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright apologised for a gaffe that added to the perception Allardyce is on borrowed time with Everton. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Walcott downs Newcastle to boost under-fire Allardyce," 23 Apr. 2018 One didn't need to be Nostradamus to see that the team's logo was living on borrowed time. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "American teenagers are demanding a voice on guns: Phillip Morris," 21 Feb. 2018 One didn't need to be Nostradamus to see that the team's logo was living on borrowed time. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "American teenagers are demanding a voice on guns: Phillip Morris," 21 Feb. 2018 One didn't need to be Nostradamus to see that the team's logo was living on borrowed time. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "American teenagers are demanding a voice on guns: Phillip Morris," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of borrowed time

1664, in the meaning defined above

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