living on borrowed time

 Being in a situation about to fail.
 ► “Without backup, a company’s data is living on borrowed time, and its business could suffer.” (Forbes, Aug. 29, 1994, p. 54)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • (living) on borrowed time — be on borrowed time phrase likely to fail or die very soon The government is living on borrowed time. Thesaurus: likely to failsynonym Main entry: borrow …   Useful english dictionary

  • living on borrowed time — if someone is living on borrowed time, they are not expected to live much longer. I ve got cancer I m living on borrowed time …   New idioms dictionary

  • living on borrowed time —    This expression refers to a period of time after an illness or accident which could have caused death.     After heart surgery, many patients feel that they re living on borrowed time …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • living on borrowed time — Meaning Living after the time you would have expected to have died. Origin The time is borrowed from Death …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • be living on borrowed time — see borrow * * * be living on borrowed time : to continue to be alive after you were expected to die After his heart attack, my grandfather always felt that he was living on borrowed time. • • • Main Entry: ↑borrow be living on borrowed time see… …   Useful english dictionary

  • be (living) on borrowed time — be surviving against expectations. → borrow …   English new terms dictionary

  • be living on borrowed time — ► be (living) on borrowed time be surviving against expectations. Main Entry: ↑borrow …   English terms dictionary

  • (be) (living) on borrowed time — …   Useful english dictionary

  • borrowed time — noun : an unexpected or artifically contrived extension of time usually of uncertain and limited duration an old, old man who was merely living on borrowed time * * * an uncertain, usually limited period of time extending beyond or postponing the …   Useful english dictionary

  • borrowed time — noun Date: 1664 an uncertain and usually uncontrolled postponement of something inevitable used with living on …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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