Meaning of LIFE in English



a full life

Before her illness, Rose enjoyed a full life .

a hard life

She’s had a hard life .

a life member (= one who has paid to be a member for their whole life )

a life member of the Royal Academy of Artists

a life of luxury

It was difficult to give up a life of luxury.

a life policy/life insurance policy (= one that will pay out money if you die )

New homeowners must usually buy a life policy before they can get a mortgage.

a life policy/life insurance policy (= one that will pay out money if you die )

New homeowners must usually buy a life policy before they can get a mortgage.

a life sentence (= prison for the rest of your life, or a very long time )

In 1978 he was given a life sentence for attacking a 72-year-old woman.

a normal life

All I want is to lead a happy, normal life.

a species lives somewhere (= used about animals )

Many rainforest species cannot live anywhere else.

adult life

He lived most of his adult life in Scotland.


decisions which affect our lives

all your life/all day/all year etc (= during the whole of your life, a day, a year etc )

He had worked all his life in the mine.

The boys played video games all day.

an active life

He lived a full and active life.

battery life (= how long a battery produces electricity )

My old phone had a longer battery life.

be in fear of/for your life (= be afraid that you may be killed )

Celia was in fear of her life when she saw the truck coming toward her.

be scarred for life (= get a permanent scar )

A little girl has been scarred for life in a tragic playground accident.

become a way of life

For Mark, travelling has become a way of life .

blameless life

She had led a blameless life .

branded...for life

Stealing that money has branded Jim for life – no one will trust him again.

change of life

city life

the advantages of city life

closed society/world/way of life

Venetian art in this period was a closed world.

colourful history/past/career/life

Charlie Chaplin had a long and colorful career.

contemporary life

the complexity of contemporary life

domestic life

She enjoyed domestic life and bringing up three children.

double life

Marje had no idea that her husband was leading a double life with another woman.

easy life

On the whole, Dad has had an easy life .

elixir of life

the search for the elixir of life

Smoking during pregnancy endangers your baby’s life .

Education can greatly enrich your life .

escape with your life (= escape and not be killed )

When the tunnel collapsed, the men were lucky to escape with their lives.

everyday life

the problems of everyday life

fact of life

Mass unemployment seems to be a fact of life nowadays.

family life

Some people believe that television is destroying family life.

fear for sb’s safety/life

a terrifying ordeal in which she feared for her life

fighting (= trying to stay alive )

Stockley is fighting for his life , with serious head injuries.

frighten sb to death/frighten the life out of sb (= make someone feel extremely afraid )

He drove at a speed which frightened Lara to death.

from every walk of life/from all walks of life

Our volunteers include people from all walks of life.

from every walk of life/from all walks of life

Our volunteers include people from all walks of life.

get the shock of your life (= get a very big shock )

He got the shock of his life when he found out who I was.

home life

These children need a proper home life .

human life

I firmly believe in the sanctity of all human life.

humdrum existence/job/life etc

the prisoners’ humdrum routine

hung on for dear life

She grasped the side of the boat and hung on for dear life .

in real life

Things don’t happen quite that easily in real life .

in the prime of life

a man in the prime of life

intelligent life

forms of intelligent life

island life

He had become used to the slow pace of island life.

jail sb for two months/six years/life etc

They ought to jail her killer for life.

Jaws of Life

lead a double life (= deceive people by keeping different parts of your life separate and not letting anyone know the whole truth )

Joe had been leading a double life, seeing an ex-model while his wife believed he was on business.

lead a life of luxury/poverty etc

lead a normal/quiet/busy etc life

If the operation succeeds, Carly will be able to lead a normal life.

He has led a charmed life been very fortunate .

lead the life of a ...

She now leads the life of a recluse.

lead/live a double life

Marje had no idea that her husband was leading a double life with another woman.

life assurance

life belt

life buoy

life choice

life coach

life cycle

life expectancy

life experience (= experience that comes from life )

As an older parent, your life experience is one of your greatest assets.

life form

life forms on other planets

life history

life imprisonment

life imprisonment

life in the fast lane

Brenda is a lady who loves life in the fast lane .

life in the raw

He went on the streets to experience life in the raw .

life insurance

Surprisingly few families have adequate life insurance.

life insurance

Life is never dull when

Life is never dull when Elizabeth is here.

Life is not...a barrel of laughs

Life is not exactly a barrel of laughs at the moment.

life jacket

life peer

life preserver

life raft

life science

life sentence

Miller is serving a life sentence for murder.

life span

Captivity vastly reduces the life span of whales.

life story

She insisted on telling me her whole life story .

life support system

life vest

live a normal life

He’s not well enough to live a normal life .

live a quiet/active/healthy etc life

She lives a very busy life.

live the life of

He had chosen to live the life of a monk.

I just want to live my life in my own way.

lives alone

She lives alone .

lives in dread of (= is continuously very afraid of )

She lives in dread of the disease returning.

living a life of luxury

She’s now in Hollywood living a life of luxury .

living life to the full

Ed believes in living life to the full .

lonely life/existence

He led a lonely life with few friends.

loss of life

The war has led to a tragic loss of life .

love life

low life

a novel about low life in Chicago in the 1930s hell

My mother made my life hell .

make life easy for ourselves

Why don’t we make life easy for ourselves and finish it tomorrow?

make life miserable

Mosquito bites can make life miserable .

make life/things difficult for sb (= cause problems for someone )

She’s doing everything she can to make life difficult for him.

marine life

the enormous variety of marine life

married life

Throughout her married life, her husband’s interests had come first.

mission in life

His main mission in life is to earn as much money as possible.

modern life

These problems are a major part of modern life.

never in all my life (= used to emphasize how bad something was )

Never in all my life have I felt so humiliated.

ordinary life

Art should be part of ordinary life .

philosophy of life

The idea that you should treat others as you would like them to treat you is a fine philosophy of life .

plant life (= plants )

All but the dirtiest of rivers support some plant life.

political life

At that time women were excluded from the political life of the country.

pond life (= things that live in ponds )

The children are studying pond life this term.

private life

He enjoys everything he does in both his professional and his private life .

put sb/sb’s life in danger

Firemen put their own lives in danger as part of their job.

quiet life

He wants a quiet life , while she wants to go out partying.

ran (= ran in order to avoid being killed )

Jane struggled free and ran for her life .

rebuild...lives (= live normally again after something bad has happened )

We try to help them rebuild their lives .

retire from public life

Her drink problem has forced her to retire from public life .

right to life

Every unborn child has a right to life.

risk life and limb (= risk your life and health )

Why risk life and limb jumping out of a plane just to raise money for charity?

He risked his life helping others to escape.

the passion for power and success which rules her life

a new treatment that could save his life

sb's social life (= activities that involve being with other people for pleasure )

Teenagers enjoy an active social life.

sb’s early childhood/adolescence/life (= when someone is a young child, adolescent etc )

We’ve known each other since early childhood.

sb’s personal life

I’ve got to maintain a balance between my personal life and my work.

sb’s professional life

At this point she took the biggest risk of her professional life.

scare the life/living daylights/hell etc out of sb (= scare someone very much )

The alarm scared the hell out of me.

Second Life

sedentary life/job/lifestyle etc

health problems caused by our sedentary lifestyles sentence

Miller is serving a life sentence for murder.

sex life

an active and fulfilling sex life

shelf life


I felt as if I was signing away my life.

the soldier who had spared his life

spark of life (= quality of energy )

McKellen’s performance gives the play its spark of life .

spent...working life

He spent all his working life in a factory.

sth’s life cycle (= the stages of life that happen in order )

Dragonflies develop wings in the last stage of their life cycle.

still life

student life (= the way of life of university and college students )

Parties are an important part of student life. story

She insisted on telling me her whole life story .

the American/British etc way of life

the bane

Her brother is the bane of her life .

the course of history/sb’s life etc

Changing conditions shape the course of evolution.

the pace of life

Here, the sun shines every day and the pace of life is slower.

told...the facts of life

Mum told me the facts of life when I was twelve.

traditional way of life

The tribe’s traditional way of life is under threat.

village life (= all the activities in a village )

She had always taken an active part in village life.

walk of life

Our volunteers include people from all walks of life.

way of life

The tribe’s traditional way of life is under threat.

zest for life

She had a great zest for life .




In practice active and contemplative life get in each other's way.

The best demonstration that an academic person cares about others is sharing an active intellectual life .

All that mattered was the retention of an active way of life that would maintain the stimulus to individual self-development.

Within the limits of the canons' active pastoral life , Chrodegang stressed the communal liturgy.

Go to bed wishing I could have bestowed an extra twenty years' active life upon Bunuel and Jane Austen.

He withdrew from active life and retired to Kenilworth where on the 4 January 1927 he died at the age of seventy-seven.

Even though they were retired, they had been leading a very active life .

Most residents of homes for the elderly are in their eighties and have come there towards the end of an active life .


Being overweight, when young or in your adult life . 3.

I have cared for others all of my adult life .

Thus the simple but overall goal is that children should grow up properly equipped for adult life .

I have had motor neurone disease for practically all my adult life .

In addition to marriage, many people say that raising children is perhaps the single most maturing experience in their adult lives .

Though leading outwardly normal lives , many from the Kindertransporte were still subject to emotional repercussions long into adult life.

Louis, Ray has spent most of his adult life behind bars.


With complete honesty these works convey the realities of daily life .

Going about my daily life , I certainly never told them aloud and never even alluded to them.

But do you not think the life of the Thirties, the daily life, was much more terrible?

So reality is portrayed as a series of crises and cliff-hanger plotlines, as opposed to the plodding process of daily life .

If daily life was difficult, public duties were a nightmare.

Every facet of daily life was subject to a set of rigid institutional controls and physical sanctions entirely new to human experience.

She chooses to paint objects and settings that reflect the natural pleasure and sympathy she has with her daily life .

The daily lives of the patients are not scheduled by staff; participation in treatment and rehabilitation programs is voluntary.


Despite the primacy of its influence, socialisation in the early years of life is not confined to the family, however.

Little is known of his early life .

For most of her early life Vysokogorets-Dostoevskaya was oblivious to the status of her great-grandfather.

At the beginning of his testimony Friday, Simpson described his earlier life , his rise from projects to athletic stardom.

This act of betrayal is perhaps a more real reason for O'Brian's reluctance to talk about his early life .

These were the things our minister preached to us every Sunday of my early life .

Inappropriate medical management of these cases can cause food refusal later because of inappropriate feeding experiences during early life .

Also known as Levi; no records of his early life .


He was equable and a pessimist and very gay in everyday life .

For example, the constructions can be found everywhere in everyday life .

The flow of everyday life provides a context in which individual human consciousness usually operates.

National character supposedly reflects the everyday life that finds its way into the culture.

For example, we already know the physical laws that govern everything that we experience in everyday life .

People have plenty of warnings in their everyday lives .

I can cope with him and everyday life now.

Its vigour and vitality attest to a popular piety deeply rooted in the everyday life of the local community.


She had lived a very full life .

I felt full of life and my commitment to activism was, for me, a rejection of death.

But you're not one of them, Shae - you're too warm, too full of life .

Inside, the place was warm, inviting and full of life .

Their characters do not seem to lead full , emotional lives .

Perhaps if my parents had not died so early, I might have been able to live a full life .

The plump girl, who had been so full of life , was killed in the same way as the earlier victims.

This is because we have withheld from them the full elixir of life .


I believe firmly in the sanctity of human life-all human life.

The contest between rival visions of the meaning of human life was about to begin.

Politicians often claim that human life is beyond economic calculation and must be given absolute priority whatever the cost.

Underneath there persists, powerfully too, a thick sense of what is normal for human life .

Nothing is sacred the United Nations flag, the Red Cross, and least of all human life .

As a result, those four decades seem utterly normative to us, the only conceivable pattern for human life .

Yet it is by no means the only, or the first, function of language in human life .

Having disposed of one great story which gave coherence to human life , Western culture substituted another called scientific progress.


Those who gave smoking up in later life occupy an intermediate position.

They gave him something he needed late in life , and he gave them something they needed early in theirs.

In later life his philanthropic deeds were legion.

But, though large, the book is not, like Welles in later life , overweight.

However, the variations in mortality between the developed and Third World in the later years of life are much less extreme.

For these serious psychiatric conditions the onset of new cases in later life appears to be very rare.

He certainly enjoyed perfect health, helped, he claimed, by being a teetotaller and in later life a vegetarian.

A second influence has been the developing interest in the differences in later life experience between men and women.


It also had one of the longest lives as it was working right up to the late 1940s.

That hour, how-ever, would be one of the longest of their lives .

On the other hand warrants invariably start out with much longer lives and are exercised on dates predetermined by the issuing company.


The hustle and bustle of modern life occurs in the shadow of history.

I tried to find the plastic value of these fragments of our modern life .

Cumulative selection is the key to all our modern explanations of life .

Singles may be peripheral in a sense; but their experience is central to the enigmas of modern life .

We think of the desert of modern life with the concentration on material possessions and its resultant poverty.

Such was its seductive hold that it could seem as if all of modern life was bewitched by a Taylorist demon.

But in practice, modern Earthly life is a protege of water, as much as it is of carbon.

As options and the means of accessing them have multiplied, change has become a generally congenial rule of modern life .


Start planning your new career and life today.

Eggs are an international symbol of Easter, the sign of rebirth and new life .

I would have a completely new life that was pleasant enough.

But new exquisite life can't inhabit such places.

And, on the other hand, he believed that his anguish would give it new strength and new life .

The Jones family set sail for a new life .

Monroe Presley likes to dream of what his new life will be like.


But I've benefited enormously from having a stable, normal home life .

Some patients did emerge from iron lungs and resume their normal lives , fully recovered.

Harry will probably get over his affection for Lucy once we return to a normal life again.

In the ocean they live to be 40, double their normal life expectancy in captivity.

She can lead an almost totally normal life .

From then on, any semblance of normal life became impossible.

I don't want a lonely life , just a normal family life again.

Clare was surprised to find how much money it cost to lead what she considered a normal life .


Nevertheless the Hena villagers, in their ordinary lives , led much the same sort of existence as the Goigama villagers.

We hear from their parents and siblings about their ordinary lives and varied personalities, and about their final hours.

I mean, live an ordinary life .

People often display powers in time of fire that they would never dream of in ordinary life .

Any revolutionary aspirations of the younger members are centred on gaining work and admittance to the mainstream of ordinary life .

In a study of everyday or ordinary life the scholar can go beyond the ordinary because the people studied do.

It was crewed by amateur sailors and one of them says adjusting to ordinary life has been difficult.

The fluctuations, then, are well within the range of ordinary urban life and hardly noticeable to humans.


Fonda has played almost as many roles in her personal life as she has in film.

And finally, there was my personal life , which was separate from the family and work.

She says her life revolved around the ice rink - she had to fit her personal life in around her skating.

The truly scientific mind can also be open to forms of truth which lie in the area of personal life and relationships.

Our business and personal lives depend upon being able to use words successfully.

With Osterlind he discussed art and philosophy but not his personal life .

Everyone needs to be able to integrate work with personal life .

I may be too strongly associated in Voznesensky's mind with a complicated period in his personal life .


It is the candid chronicle of a long and distinguished political life .

But the more Dole succeeded in his political life , the more his marriage deteriorated.

Not many other people in Texas political life were beating his drum.

Mr Major and his Chancellor Norman Lamont were fighting for their political lives last night in the greatest crisis they have faced.

Men would be swayed to this action or that; economic and political life would be erratic and rudderless.

The Hanoverian kings were not uninterested in political life but they had difficulty comprehending the complexities of domestic and foreign affairs.

The soccer mom walks out a happy customer and a political ally for life .


Erecting and maintaining barriers between the public and private aspects of life demands energy and vigilance.

Individuals were encouraged to relate politics to every aspect of their public and private lives .

The effects of alcohol misuse spill over from private life into the workplace, causing inefficiency and accidents as well as absenteeism.

Herrera, anxious to return to private life and to recuperate from his recent illness, again refused.

His determination to ensure his private life remained private kept him hidden off screen.

But then Paul is not the sort of man to talk about his private life at work.

This obliges countries to respect an individual's private and family life .

Everyone is entitled to some private life .


In his later years Howard seems increasingly to have retired from public life .

It is probably too soon to know what effect the Rich case might have on his prospects in public life .

Dali's public life was an eccentric extension of his surrealist vision.

What fosters the Terrells' sizable contributions to public life is money, old money and vast money.

It went far beyond her role as a woman in public life .

It presents us with an important catharsis that we should hope never becomes the town square of public life .

At present, few opportunities exist for citizens to act as participants in public life .

In public life his guiding principles were Protestantism and protectionism.


And yet, on a mature view, do not all these fragments suggest the pressures of real life ?

Drama, after all, is not real life .

They are treating people in a real life context.

In real life , Selena ran out of that motel room with a bullet wound, and bled to death.

The Internet is no substitute for real life but it's great for fighting off boredom.

Both Kemp and Gore referred to real life people to illustrate their points.

More detailed than real life , more exact, more real.

Q: Are you a cheerleader in real life ?


Allowing home and social lives to wither means that there are no other sources of support when work fails.

These children may be passive and have difficulty taking charge of their social life .

For some there is the enjoyment of the social life which may be offered by the Church and its musicians.

Thus the study of the political world is of crucial importance to the creation of humane social life .

Roles provide social life with order and predictability.

Alcohol provided a social life for Dad as well as an escape.

Not altering your own social life and neglecting your own friendships.

He would state all these things and would add that Citizen Oswald takes no part in the social life of the shop.


There were better things in life , for a young man like him, than plodding round London after a pick-pocket.

Cricket represented a better life for their children.

When she got pregnant again, she decided she wanted a better life for her child.

Hope keeps the characters searching for a better life .

She tries to shepherd a reluctant gang member named Howie through the system and into a better life .

I hope you and Cyril are well and enjoying life .

Nowadays parents work real hard so that they can have a better life than their parents had.


His whole life was lived at the mercy of the second favourite planet.

To me in my whole life , if you keep score, you have to be the best.

That had never happened to her in her whole life before.

Ya do one fucken thing wrong in yur whole goddamn life an ya got ta pay fer it till kingdom come!

It was to have a big effect on my whole life .

Her whole life had been locked to geometries.

But a whole way of life leads up to that moment of departure-and the song is a symbol of it.

They would not understand what a bitter struggle my whole life has been.



These illustrations should not be used as a basis for comparing similar policies issued by other life assurance companies or Friendly Societies.

They can buy life assurance companies, run unit trusts and take over or start stockbroking firms.

Takeovers and mergers continue to take place within the life assurance sector.

And of course, also increase the life assurance protection for your family.

Priorities Plus combines life assurance with critical illness cover.

The move implements cancellation provisions contained in the second and third life assurance directive.

The amount of each encashment will depend upon your age at that time and the amount of life assurance .

In December the last hope, life assurance giant Prudential, pulled out.


Ostertagia ostertagi O. ostertagi has a direct life cycle .

Their life cycle is much like that of ferns.

Like most butterflies they share the same basic life cycle .

The 1990s will be an age of niche markets, intense competition, and extremely short product life cycles .

However, the complex life cycle and the effects of the virus on the immune system make this a very difficult task.

Plant cover crops such as cereal rye to add organic matter and disrupt the life cycle of root knot nematodes.

Both free-living and parasitic phases of the life cycle are similar to those of the bovine species.

The current interpretation is essentially a compromise between these two extremes, the life cycle interpretation.


Despite these problems most people get by and have a life expectancy of about 70 to 80 years.

Due to life expectancy these boilers have not been priced for conversion.

Their life expectancy may be less than the national average, and they may be more susceptible to illness and disease.

Doctors put the life expectancy of sufferers at about 40 years - even if they have daily injections of insulin.

They frequently suffer chest infections and have a low life expectancy .

Second, Aids has slashed life expectancy in many countries, killing the most economically productive generation and leaving orphans and elderly.


She warned that family life was increasingly under threat from debt and house repossession.

This one, because it explores living family life in a new way, is more collective than most.

The less well-to-do may encourage early marriage and give priority to settling down to stable family life .

Mom wears an apron and a smile, looking fully ensconced in family life .

It is without television that our family life would be destroyed.

Rousseau called for reforms in state, church, education, family life and marriage.

It reflects the inviolability of family life that in our society helps to mask the darker side of caring and dependency.

Not only did the new managers feel they neglected their family lives , they ignored their need for leisure and relaxation.


I mentioned the sentence of life imprisonment and the unlimited fines that are available for crimes involving knives.

If convicted, Kordic faces up to life imprisonment .

Astiz has already been sentenced, in absentia, to life imprisonment by a Paris court.

I think life imprisonment with hard labor is really important.

Two former students were sentenced inabsentia to life imprisonment .

New closed prisons were built for convicted offenders serving long fixed sentences or life imprisonment for the most serious crimes.

Gen Krstic faces life imprisonment if the final verdict, due in the first half of next year, is guilty.

He insisted their sentence should be commuted to life imprisonment .


Finally, life insurance to protect your loan is vital.

In addition, a number of books on life insurance are readily available at public libraries.

Conditions of service are good with a contributory pension scheme, subsidised canteen and free life insurance .

As for price competition, it is about as real and intelligible as it is in the life insurance or banking fields.

Green was set to gain £120,000 in life insurance on his wife, the court heard.

These calls and mailings are probably selling living trusts, annuities, life insurance or a combination of these.

And even if you already have private medical insurance and life insurance, you may still need Lloyds Bank Accident Cashguard.

Families with young children typically do need life insurance .


John Shaw, the elected prisoners' chairman of D-wing tells John Earle, a life sentence inmate, what to expect.

Stiner and his brother, George, were convicted for murder and received life sentences .

She had been served four years of a life sentence for the murder of her baby son.

Saldivar claimed she fired her gun accidentally, but she was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence .

Smart, 30, is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole.

If convicted, the alleged drug lord could face several life sentences .

Nilson is serving a life sentence after he admitted killing 15 or 16 men.

Eslaminia is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole at Folsom Prison.


This is an epic of Oprah's age, with an engaging heroine whose life story is well-made, but essentially insignificant.

Major newspapers and national magazines will be telling and retelling his life story .

Weekly budgets don't tell life stories .

Often families, like the patients, floundered in their efforts to adapt to new roles and changed life stories .

His life story could have come straight from one of his classic blues songs.

Cornell was the most autobiographical of artists, for ever relating his life story -- or lack of one -- in his work.

It was Bruno Morenz's life story .

His platform is his life story and his political career.



What happens in another country can within seconds affect life in our own country.

The strange, eerie story of an ancient love so strong that it affects the lives of those in the present.

Collins is the amorous object of a football referee's fantasy which affects his professional life on the field.

The group fears that the change in regulations would lead to more ocean dumping which could adversely affect sea life and beaches.

On a wider front secularism has affected our lives in a variety of ways.

These upheavals have shaken and shaped the twentieth century, and in countless ways they affect our lives still.

Police say they have to make decisions affecting hundreds of lives in minutes.

Naturally, we hope every citizen will vote, a simple obligation of democracy with results that profoundly affect our lives .


They too are part of the Nature which brings life into being.

An ad campaign brought to life .

But Chris - Chris had brought him back to life .

Because it was done with respect for the music, and with a fresh approach that brought it life all over again.

It brings a lot of life to the town.

He was dead, and remained dead until brought back to life by Rhea.

He needs something to bring him back to life something to live for.

Artisans needed more than just fertile imaginations and a soft touch with a trowel to bring their work to life .


It was to change the life of the human race as much as had steam.

My work has changed my life .

Mike Rowbottom reports on how the inmates work together to change their lives in part two of our series, Inside Story.

In addition, of course, working toward a meaningful life goal changes the feeling of life very greatly.

Any time we set out to change our lives or the world, we have to take the long view.

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Kevin Richter, an uncontrollable teenager whose hidden past holds the key to changing his life .

What happened after the war changed my course of life .


The feud has so far claimed five lives .

They scrub because if war claimed their lives , these volunteers would want some one to care for their memory, too.

Its independence campaign has claimed nearly 800 lives since 1968.

One military intelligence soldier fired on a months ago claiming he felt his life was threatened.

It may yet claim other lives !

That assault claimed five lives and injured many others.

This crevasse alone has claimed 18 lives .


They can be real and strong, affecting the way we lead our lives .

So I led a peaceable life , isolated from the intermittent scientific squabbles over who had first rights to which animals.

It was to be more than five years before they were able to lead a normal married life .

Mendl will give me a home, he wants children, he wants to lead a normal life .

They lead medieval-style lives of appalling hardship.

A slightly revised theory of the ignorance of paternity involves the idea that women and men led largely separate lives .

The travellers say they should be allowed to lead a nomadic life .

Though I myself led a licentious life , the licentiousness of the women nevertheless shocked me.


Today, people are living longer and healthier lives .

More recently, the couple made a brave effort to live a normal life for the children.

Like anyone who has lived most of his life in relative obscurity, Payne remains uncomfortable with public scrutiny.

We've lived such different lives , Shelley, but the moment we were together it didn't matter at all.

He lived his separate life and she waited for him to falter and slip back into alcohol.

For official artists it meant living a privileged life .

You can be your own man. Live your own life .


Nevertheless, unless there's some cooperation between us, your daughter could lose her life .

Almost losing his life in his effort at reformation, Andrew joined the Theatines.

There was a quietness about her that Mary had seen before when people were losing their hold on life .

Many princes tried and failed, and so they lost their lives .

At least ninety-three people lost their lives in the first days of fighting.

Some lost their lives in panic while trying to scramble aboard crowded ships.

Between 1641 and 1651 more than one in five adult males bore arms perhaps one in twenty lost their lives .

All had been shed once upon a time when she had lost her life .


Kevin Hunt, of Middleton, Greater Manchester, said yesterday youngsters are risking their lives and damaging trees by climbing them.

She then mates with the transvestite who never risked his life .

Every time a lifeboatman puts to sea, he risks his life .

Cieslakiewicz had risked his life for him.

Men and women from the ambulances risked their lives to rescue tormented souls.

He had risked their lives , but the gamble had paid off and that was the end of it.

Sometimes they would take journalists to the front line; sometimes they would risk their lives to help reporters.

Your grandfather risked his own life to save Michael.


But they say their real reward is knowing they've helped to save lives .

That was just one of hundreds of incidents where its fast, clean work saved a life .

The M-forty through Oxfordshire is notoriously prone to fog ... campaigners say overhead lighting is urgently needed to save lives .

It may be the smallest investment that's saved the most lives across the developing world.

As long as the cancers are detected early enough, laser treatment can save lives .

After a few seconds, the machine may repeat its order or advise another course of action that could save a life .

Doctor Ryding's passport bears witness to the thousands of miles he's travelled helping to save lives for the red cross.

Do not overfeed, and systematize your feeding to save the lives of your fish.


I married Danny because I was madly in love and wanted to share my life with him.

They share the life of books.

For how long would Rachaela have to go on sharing her life with this being?

This helps avoid a lot of misunderstandings down the shared road of life .

Like most butterflies they share the same basic life cycle.

Even as I write this, the shared facts of our lives continue to thread their way through our flesh.

Not positively and self-sufficiently alone, but alone because she had no one with whom to share her life .

The women, both 33, have been living together and sharing their lives for the last six years.


They always appear to be happy and spend their lives trying to help others.

I spent my life making such moments in men.

Pupils between the ages of 5 and 16 spend a great deal of their life within the school walls.

And moral objections to people spending their lives shooting scag.

He had spent his life designing inoffensive wallpaper, he realised, and he was not really ashamed of that.

Instead, they spent their lives working at the family store Olivia was bookkeeper for near fifty goddamn years.

The courageous two-year-old has spent all his short life in hospital.

She has spent her life trying to make me feel guilty.


(a) lust for life

Quinn's lust for life is contagious.

In view of her lust for life, her appetite simply for living?

(as) large as life

As large as life and death, both funny and sad - and not a little dangerous.

He had been standing large as life beside Lady Usk, and it was plain that he knew her identity.

I looked up - he was standing nearby, large as life.

Oh, Lee, you're as large as life.

There were the words, as large as life and often twice as sane.

I'd stake my life on it

a dog's life

a life of crime

At the age of twelve, he entered into a life of crime .

I certainly never figured Tod/John for a life of crime .

I paid Fagin to trap Oliver into a life of crime .

Jock has chosen a life of crime within which to fashion a self.

They hadn't bothered tuppence before when he was following a life of crime .

a life of ease

Rachel has always lived a life of ease .

a matter of life and/or death

a new lease of life

A re-style can provide locks with a new lease of life.

Artistic director Christopher Gable has injected it with a new lease of life and brought it to a completely different audience.

Clearly retirement has given Jean-Luc Sadourny a new lease of life.

For example, somebody may find that working from home injects their career with a new lease of life.

Male speaker It's absolutely wonderful - to be given a new lease of life. you're given a second chance.

Now they are aiming for a new lease of life and further development.

The Chelsea goalkeeper has found a new lease of life at Grimsby since joining them on loan.

The political controversy over the Habre affair has been given a new lease of life.

a sheltered life/childhood/upbringing etc

I lead a sheltered life out in the branch.

Listen honey, d' you think I lead a sheltered life?

We led a sheltered life out there in the suburbs.

What a sheltered life she leads, in her self-built lavender ghetto.

a slice of life

an attempt on sb's life

be made (for life)

Accusations of ballot-box stuffing at the neighborhood-run election were made about the meeting which nominated the new slate.

Both the subcommittee and Mr Gingrich agree that no public comment should be made about this matter while it is still pending.

That base, Dobson contends, is made up of conservative Christians who are anti-abortion.

The chief librarian is responsible for an operation that is made up of the Main Library and 26 neighborhood branches.

The neck is made from maple, which was a surprise, because I was expecting mahogany.

The temporary replacement car will be made available only when full details of the loss or damage are notified to General Accident.

Various adjustments are made to allow for special circumstances affecting local costs of providing particular services.

beat/thrash etc sb to within an inch of their life

bereft of hope/meaning/life etc

How haggard and bereft of hope they looked!

These women were old and toothless at a young age, their eyes bereft of hope.

breathe life into sth

After the marriage, though, she wants to breathe life into their dry, platonic relationship.

Belliustin called upon the tsar to circumvent the ecclesiastical hierarchy and breathe life into the clerical estate.

Now they each had a picture which they examined and re-examined, trying to breathe life into the two-dimensional image.

Something unexplainable takes over and breathes life into the known life.

The deal aims to breathe life into the stationer's e-business efforts.

We harness fossil energy and breathe life into machines.

cost sb their job/life/marriage etc

And, for those who work in the travel and tourism industry, this tax could cost them their jobs.

His plans to slash defence budgets by £6 billion would cost 100,000 more their jobs.

I believe that it would cost many people their jobs and would cause far more damage than good.

It could cost them their lives.

The most far-reaching internal investigation in Phoenix police history cost four officers their jobs Friday for purchasing banned rifles under false pretenses.

daily life

VCRs have become a part of daily life in North America.

Going about my daily life, I certainly never told them aloud and never even alluded to them.

Just smile politely and proceed with your daily life.

Most older people cope with the ups and downs of their daily lives.

She could well understand how women in particular wanted to get away to the West where daily life was so much more convenient.

Such murders were becoming part of daily life in El Salvador.

They insure up to the hilt, yet worries about money, health and security suffuse daily life.

Will the daily lives of these people be improved through this project?

With complete honesty these works convey the realities of daily life.

day-to-day work/business/life etc

Also the day-to-day work of schools and the task of assessing pupils assumed a higher importance than the development of new curriculum.

But since the arrival of Robins, he has taken a backseat role with day-to-day business being handled by the new chairman.

Directors were given the exclusive right to manage the day-to-day business of the company.

In our day-to-day lives, including day-to-day scientific lives, we have little need of such confirmed hypotheses.

It also recognises that day-to-day business and executive authority is vested in line management.

Justices, of course, are accustomed, as part of their day-to-day work, to assessing costs of comparatively small amounts.

The problem arises because there is nothing in our day-to-day life to provide us with sufficient exercise.

While with the Chargers for the past two years, McNeely oversaw the day-to-day business operations.

depart this life

end your life/end it all

enter sb's life

Brandy's friends noticed a big difference in her after Jerry entered her life.

expectation of life

About seven more years had been added to expectation of life up to 1901, after which the pace accelerated sharply.

But what of the expectation of life of some one who has reached the age of forty?

Improvements in expectation of life are slight in the eighteenth century.

Second, women have a longer expectation of life than men.

She was given a very short expectation of life by the doctors.

Still less is it intended to mirror the expectation of life of the deceased or his dependants.

The plaintiff is aged 30 and has a normal expectation of life.

When the normal expectation of life is very low, sickness and death are normal hazards.

follow a profession/trade/way of life etc

for dear life

Sherman held onto the bar for dear life.

It turns on to its side and as I cling on for dear life I hear a startled cry from Nathan.

The girl shut her eyes and gripped back for dear life.

The playing throughout the evening was truly superb, every instrumentalist bowing and blowing and thumping as though for dear life.

They often looked very strained to Anna, as if they were holding on to their loyalty for dear life.

This wasn't easy either, because she was spooked and was clinging for dear life to the poor kid's hair.

With difficulty, he made his way towards her, Charlotte clinging to him for dear life.

give sb the kiss of life

His girlfriend was trying to give him the kiss of life.

I tried to give her the kiss of life.

The ship's doctor tried to give them the kiss of life but they could not be revived.

Why didn't you at least try to resuscitate her, give her the kiss of life?

good/better/healthy etc start (in life)

A good start is one where you pass close behind the start boat going at speed.

But it wasn't a good start in the lessons of love, and left me very arid in such matters.

He had better start by accepting that if he does the right things, they will not be popular ones.

It wasn't a very good start .

Not a good start , but a start, nevertheless.

The auditor may enjoy the gifts, but he had better start looking for a sympathy engram not yet suspected or tapped.

The problem was the middle and end, when the team sacrificed rebounding for getting out to a good start .

They will, however, be getting a new center, and that is a good start , he believes.

have nine lives

The Michael Steins of this world have nine lives.

have/lead a charmed life

But since its premier issue in January 1993, Wired has led a charmed life.

By his own admission he has led a charmed life.

It's been too easy for us; we've led charmed lives till now.

No wonder that she and Charles felt that they led a charmed life, that the times were on their side.

high life/living

As in Shakespeare, there are scenes of high life and scenes of low life.

But other authorities also face recruiting difficulties, which suggests that the problem extends beyond high living costs and poor pay.

But this is one weekend, he thought, when there will be high living and no thinking.

He told the villa's owner Count Robert de Beaumont how much he loved the sun-soaked Costa high life.

He was a lively and stylish writer, and contributed a column to the Jerusalem Post on high life and low living.

His dream had finally run out in an Arabian nightmare of high living and questionable favours.

It looked like the high life, but it was life on borrowed time.

how the other half lives

High-ranking public officials should take the bus so they can see how the other half lives.

Ye never knew how the other half lives!

in later years/life

As a result, the performance in later years could very easily be enhanced.

But, though large, the book is not, like Welles in later life, overweight.

Buying two wooden spoons can be more fun at this time than purchasing an expensive set of china in later years.

For these serious psychiatric conditions the onset of new cases in later life appears to be very rare.

Nor is there any relief from this pattern of underrepresentation in the statistics for the regular admissions program in later years.

Secure attachments early on in life provide inner resources to manage stressful and threatening situations in later years.

The direct impact of improving health in later life has been relatively recent.

Your young daughter's bossy attitude in later life may be channelled into quite acceptable leadership qualities.

larger than life

Graham was one of the larger-than-life legends of the rock era.

Floyd Elgin Dominy, larger than life.

He was an ebullient, larger than life denial of all that was Right: he chain-smoked and drank too much.

He was for me larger than life.

Nothing else in existence whatsoever, but there, all alone and larger than life, a huge carrot.

Pitt, as always, is larger than life.

She was like a larger than life fantasy that had just come true.

Shrimpton was in the mid-forties, overweight, and slightly larger than life, a sociable type.

Worrying about your problems, which seem larger than life at that time of night, is hard to resist.

late in life

Carter and Reagan had come into politics relatively late in life.

Greg got married late in life.

She didn't have children until relatively late in life.

Charlotte only wants to marry him for the house and comforts he can provide her later in life.

Marriage, if considered, is arrived at later in life, and there is always divorce.

Much of his commitment to social justice came late in life.

Not having children or having them late in life doubles the risk, as does heavy alcohol consumption.

Pauline decided much later in life that she wanted a degree.

Sir Monty Finniston entered the industrial arena relatively late in life.

They gave him something he needed late in life, and he gave them something they needed early in theirs.

Very late in life, bald with worry and eaten by a stomach ulcer, her father became a dentist.

lay down your life

He considered it a privilege to lay down his life for his country.

He remembered the words of Izz Huett: She would have laid down her life for you.

I would lay down my life for it.

They had true grievances to settle and were ready to lay down their lives for vengeance.

life is cheap

There is a feeling in the housing projects that life is cheap .

live life to the full

A church that only looks to itself will never be living life to the full.

At the new house, he lived life to the full.

It affects us directly - a balanced diet means we have the necessary energy to carry on living life to the full.

To live life to the full involves awareness of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual self.

Tony was treated like an adult, and he got to live life to the full.

Wants to live life to the full.

live out your life

Egalitarian Rousseau lived out his life as the spoilt plaything of eccentric aristocrats.

He began teaching philosophy at Harvard in 1882 and lived out his life as an eastern intellectual.

John Morton lived out his life in Darvel, always respected by the people of the Irvine Valley.

Our comfort is this: We will live out our lives enchanted by Claire, her spell never broken.

She will find a way to live out her life without gangster Jackie.

There, side by side, Amelia and Mary Ann would live out their lives.

lose your life

Hundreds of people lost their lives when the ship overturned in a storm.

Over 100 soldiers lost their lives.

Supporters continue to visit the site where Colosio lost his life to an assassin's bullet.

Almost losing his life in his effort at reformation, Andrew joined the Theatines.

At least ninety-three people lost their lives in the first days of fighting.

Between 1641 and 1651 more than one in five adult males bore arms perhaps one in twenty lost their lives.

I don't come within an inch of losing my life every day.

It was no simple task to complete; one workman, thrown into the raging rapids below almost lost his life.

Many princes tried and failed, and so they lost their lives.

Nearly 80 journalists, photographers, and associated staff have lost their lives here since May 1993, killed by the fundamentalists.

We mourn the tens of millions of people who lost their lives.

make sb's life a misery

Circuit judge John Lee, 65, told a court that all men suffer because women enjoy making their lives a misery .

In Dinny's code, if you beat some one in a fight you made their life misery for as long as possible.

It makes my life a misery .

My supervisor has made my life a misery .

She really was making his life a misery .

The roadworks are making their lives a misery .

Why did they have to make his life a misery ?

new life/day/era

A new life began for the and for many.

After an experience like that, each new day you are granted has a special meaning.

Her new life in London had become tainted with the deaths of adoring males.

Of course it did herald a new era ... in the second division.

The new era of riots overlapped the nonviolent phase of the black liberation struggle.

The nation was at a critical turning point, self-consciously entering a new era.

This is our new life, beginning today.

public life

Monnerville retired from public life in 1983.

The government is not allowed to aid religion in U.S. public life.

After all, both men came into public life with private histories.

Dali's public life was an eccentric extension of his surrealist vision.

In his later years Howard seems increasingly to have retired from public life.

In the dark hours after breakfast it was some way of controlling the monstrous disjuncture between his private and his public life.

It was during this period that her taste for politics and public life were first awakened, her son says.

Perfect honesty in public life is as rare as anti-matter.

Politics no longer served as the centerpiece of citizens' public lives.

The erosion of consensus politics overtook local government as it did many other areas of public life.

quality of life

Quality of life could be improved for many of the terminally ill patients.

The city's low population and openness contribute to the high quality of life in Phoenix.

A: First, all of the socioeconomic issues; because that deals with quality of life.

Communication disorders are a source of considerable frustration and undoubtedly interfere with the quality of life.

I like a good quality of life, whatever name you want to give to that.

Old buildings and streets, well cared for and adapted to today's needs, vastly enhance the quality of life.

One must look at the quality of life that diabetics and their carers have.

The crucial question for Henzler is which of these capitalist systems will give its people the best quality of life.

The factors or aspects of life which determine quality of life and risk will vary between individuals.

The simple answer, of course, is safety and quality of life.

run sb's life

Don't try to run my life!

sb can't do sth to save his/her life

sb has their own life to lead

sb's life flashes before their eyes

sb's world/life falls apart

When your world falls apart, do you get mad, get out or get even?

share your life with sb

For how long would Rachaela have to go on sharing her life with this being?

Here I am, knocking 40 any year now and sharing my life with a woman who is seven years my junior.

How much trouble are we prepared to go to for the privilege of sharing our lives with feline companions?

I married Danny because I was madly in love and wanted to share my life with him.

I thought that at last I'd found some one I could share my life with.

I wasn't ready to share my life with anyone.

In the end it wasn't just for me but for those I wanted to share my life with.

We shared our faith with them and they shared their lives with us.

sign of life

A flock was once thought to be a decisive sign of life, some noble formation only life could achieve.

After the bout in which I intimated signs of life, I came through the ropes, smiling.

Even when all sign of life had gone I kept on feeling itchy.

Here are inchoate signs of life, but not as we know it, Jim.

I looked around for the slightest sign of life.

It was Hilda Machin, and there was no sign of life.

There are signs of life above the snow, too.

There was no sign of life.

that's life/men/politics etc (for you)

that's the story of my life

the (very) stuff of dreams/life/politics

But such philosophical dissent, at this point, is the stuff of dreams in a dreamworld.

How does a political system handle the incredibly difficult and complicated value allocations that are the stuff of politics?

Our ideas and hopes for the future are the stuff of life.

This was the stuff of life.

Within this realm the stuff of dreams and nightmares can coalesce from the very air.

the Jaws of Life

the facts of life

the good life

Bob continued to talk about the good life he wanted for him and Alice.

But he is also aware that they may be conceptions of the good life for people generally and for society as a whole.

Can we define the good life?

Meg thought of Eva Kovacks in the nursing home in Essex and knew who had the best life.

One of the good guys heading for the good life.

Seeking the good life, the Stollers moved to Los Angeles in 1949.

Some are ideological, like the promise of the good life that can be gained by staying within the law.

This was part of the good life, and they were not to be denied it.

the light of sb's life

We have a four-year-old son who is the light of my life.

His wife, while sound in mind, had taken a pillow and had deliberately snuffed out the light of his life.

Ixora was his only child, the light of his life.

LoEshe was the light of his life.

the sanctity of life/marriage etc

The argument based on the sanctity of life is essentially a matter of religious dogma.

Their outlook on the sanctity of marriage is usually stricter.

This man who believed in the sanctity of life, its life, not hers.

What she experienced in her abusive marriage eventually forced her to re-examine Scripture concerning the sanctity of marriage and personhood.

the secrets of life/nature/the universe etc

Nobody expects you to reveal the secrets of the universe, only produce a well-written story.

We cease trying vainly to understand the secrets of the Universe as we have hitherto tried to do.

the simple life

Coming from a group whose aim is the simpler life, such an entry into the market place raises some intriguing questions.

He believed in the simple life and slept on a mattress on the floor.

the staff of life

Bread is the staff of life.

Discipline was the staff of life.

They form the staff of the staff of life; other ingredients are embellishments, points of interest, but not essential.

the wheel of fortune/life/time etc

And, as the wheel of fortune continues on its inexorable cycle, values are likely to start going up again soon.

Then the wheel of fortune turned.

time of life

I can't start repenting at my time of life.

I love Ma, but she must expect to be unhappy because she's reached that time of life.

I think at your time of life you should.

It really was a wonderful place for me, and a wonderful time of life.

It was a time of life when I did not run out of words.

Midlife is a time of physical change, as are other times of life.

Not at my time of life.

true to life/true-to-life

It's a great story, but not always true to life.

The film gives us a true to life picture of 1920s Chicago.

Daylight reveals pure new wool in its true to life colours.

It is relatively true to life.

Male speaker It's so true to life, just like it was, I think it's tremendous.

Many of her thoughts pass into oblivion, while the occasional thought comes true to life.

Plastic and unbelievable though the characters may be, yet realistic and true to life are the human temptations and struggles involved.

Sphinx, again, is largely true to life.

That anecdote, told in Beatrice Hastings' New Age column, seems true to life.

This story is true to life.

variety is the spice of life

waking hours/life/day etc

Every second of his waking hours, he was watched.

He inhales desert lore and data all his waking hours.

Indeed we sometimes spend a lot of our waking hours making sure that everything is as secure as we can make it.

Real will is an attribute of consciousness, not of the sleep in which most people pass their waking lives.

She still wanted to look as she did in waking life, but there were improvements she could make.

Some people wrestle with their problems until the very last minutes of their waking hours.

The documentation that he signed said, observe this resident one on one during waking hours.

We were young and our waking hours were given to games.

wish your life away

Such pessimists are wishing their life away.

working life

Both procedures reflect current government policy concerns with increasing vocationalism and preparation for working life at the pre-16 stage.

But all teachers are concerned about their own level of stress, and how to lead a satisfying working life.

Deborah Manley trained as a social worker but has spent most of her working life in publishing.

Objectives for Care outlines practical applications for nurses to use in their everyday working lives.

The noise, the abuse, the grimness are everyday parts of their working life.

They could anticipate earning a decent, middle-class wage there for most of their working lives.

What do I want out of my working life?

Your working life can go back as far as April 1936, but not further.

you (can) bet your life/your bottom dollar

you saved my life

Thanks for the ride - you really saved my life.


Life can be hard sometimes.

Life in L.A. is exciting.

A Life of Christopher Columbus

a baby's first moments of life

An 18-year-old San Jose man clung to life late Wednesday after being shot in the head during a robbery.

At least Aunt Edith had a happy life .

Boswell's Life of Sanuel Johnson was published in 1791.

By our actions today, we can improve the quality of life for future generations.

Cindy still doesn't know much about life .

Dad spent his life building up this business.

Debbie has a really busy life , doesn't she?

Do you believe in life after death?

Do you think there is life on other planets?

Having a baby completely changes your life .

He knew very little about his mother's early life in Africa.

He left school at 15, quickly turning to a life of crime.

How would you like to spend your life ? What kind of work would you like to do?

I'm hoping to win the lottery and live a life of luxury!

Immigrating to the UK was their only chance for a better life .

Lack of calcium can lead to bone disease in later life .


All your life every man has wanted to be a cowboy.

But she knew Petey was too old for dishonest leaps between the movies and real life .

Every opportunity to maximise the differences between school and college life was seized.

I can not say that Dickie ever talked to me about his most personal life .

Mars and Venus this weekend means your love life will start to sparkle.

This has had a huge effect on children's lives.

We are having a wonderful life , without you.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.