the life of Riley

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the life of Riley

informal + somewhat old-fashioned
:a happy and comfortable life with few problems
  • He's been living/leading the life of Riley.

Word by Word Definitions

life play
  1. : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

  2. : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

  3. : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. : of or relating to animate being

  2. : lifelong

  3. : using a living model

riley play
  1. : turbid

  2. : angry


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