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.
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bor′rowed time′

time during which death or another inevitable event is postponed: to live on borrowed time.
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