borrowed time

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bor·rowed time

(bŏr′ōd, bôr′-)
A period of uncertainty during which the inevitable consequences of a current situation are postponed or avoided. Often used with on: terminally ill patients living on borrowed time.

bor′rowed time′

time during which death or another inevitable event is postponed: to live on borrowed time.
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But now the 64-year-old is living on borrowed time.
There's also more pressure on Ravi's part this season to find the zombie cure as soon as possible, because his good friend Major (Robert Buckley) is living on borrowed time with an older version of the zombie cure in his veins that will eventually cause his death.
The studio said the first project, On Borrowed Time, described as a feel-good comedy, will begin shooting this weekend.
To an extent we were always on borrowed time with him injury-wise so it was tremendous he managed to achieve what he did.
Ramsey (right), like every boss relegated from the Premier League, was going to be on borrowed time if the Hoops weren't in the top six.
A MUM who put her own cancer treatment on hold as the disease took her 12-year-old son says she is on borrowed time after being given weeks to live.
30pm Although BBC3 as a traditional TV channel is supposedly living on borrowed time, it's still bringing us top-class entertainment - perhaps in an attempt to switch onto its eventual online version.
Any player in that position who has netted just once in an albeit injury-riddled two-year period has got to be living on borrowed time.
By heck, missus, but I must be living on borrowed time.
Due to medical intervention, I'm still here, but I'm painfully aware of the fact I'm on borrowed time.
Due to medical intervention I'm still here, but I'm painfully aware of the fact I'm on borrowed time.
Meanwhile, crooked cop Sonny could be on borrowed time - Kathleen's getting suspicious so she decides to follow him.