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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LIFE

They rile me—that talk about 'people in the humbler walks of life.'

I think this blessing comes from the Divine, by reason of the innocence of his life.

Once it was that he had felt a sudden great longing for the life of a gay city.

It wa'n't good for him to be holed up out there in them hills all his life.

That shows you what life in a great city does for the morally weak.

On the contrary, indeed, he appeared to joy immensely in Percival's way of life.

Your life must be saved; even if you reprove me for the means.

I feel the breath of life taken away from me by the multitude.

Aspasia will tell you I have been a beautiful but idle dreamer all my life.

The man who has just saved his life can no doubt obtain any favour.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English life (dative lif) "existence, lifetime, way of life, condition of being a living thing, opposite of death," from Proto-Germanic *libam (cf. Old Norse lif "life, body," Dutch lijf "body," Old High German lib "life," German Leib "body"), properly "continuance, perseverance," from PIE *leip- "to remain, persevere, continue; stick, adhere" (see leave (v.)). Much of the modern range of meanings was present in Old English. Meaning "property which distinguishes living from non-living matter" is from 1560s. Sense of "vitality, energy" is from 1580s. Extended 1703 to "term of duration (of inanimate objects)."

Life-jacket is from 1840; life-preserver from 1630s of anything that is meant to save a life, 1803 of devices worn to prevent drowning. Life-saver is from 1883, figurative use from 1909, as a brand of hard sugar candy, from 1912, so called for shape. Life-form is from 1861. Life cycle is from 1855.

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