to live out of a suitcase

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - live out of a suitcase

"to live out of a suitcase"

to stay briefly or temporarily without every fully unpacking your luggage


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - live out of a suitcase

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard the company is sending you out on quite the business trip?

Colleague 2:  If you can believe it, I am to visit twenty-three clients in fourteen different cities in just over two weeks.

Colleague 1:  That is a jam-packed itinerary. Looks like you'll be living out of your suitcase for a while.

Colleague 2:  Definitely not a lot of time to get settled in any hotel room.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - live out of a suitcase

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard you had to move out of your house for a couple of months while renovations to remove dry-rot are taking place. Where have you been living?

Friend 2:  I have been living out of a suitcase. I spend a few days in a friend's guest room or on their couch and before I wear out my welcome, I move on to the next friend's place. If I remember correctly, you have a very comfortable couch, don't you?

Friend 1:  Sure. Come and stay for a couple of days.

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to live out of a suitcase - Gerund Form:

Living out of a suitcase forty-five weeks a year didn't leave a lot of opportunity to spend time with her family.

to live out of a suitcase - Examples:

1)  ... uncertainty of moving from place to place was the chaos of living out of a suitcase in confined conditions.

2)  I don't like living out of a suitcase. I want to be able to unpack my clothes.

3)  For him, the musical never gets old, even after living out of a suitcase for so many years. The hardest part of traveling is being in cities he ...

4)  Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job travelling around the USA to help companies 'downsize', but ...

5)  We spent a year living out of a suitcase, so my clothes all fit in one suitcase.

6)  He said she travelled the world, living out of a suitcase and helping out where she could.

7)  ... yet and it has now been 6 months of transition and living out of a suitcase. I don't have my friends and family, the homelessness is overwhelming.

8)  And despite spending many months a year living out of a suitcase, Lawrence maintains a personal routine while she's away from home.

9)  For now though, after months of living out of a suitcase -- it's good to be home and eating the food I was reared on.

10)  ... working from the road often for weeks at a time while living out of a suitcase - whatever it takes to deliver the story.

11)  ... it seemed like I was always on the move and really living out of my suitcase for most of the summer, but it was good. 

12)  When I'm not at home, I'm living out of my suitcase, crashing in hotels and on friends' couches.

13)  ... a huge slap in the face. I was still living out of my suitcase in my parents' apartment, refusing to unpack because that would mean that it ...

14)  And now, I find myself living out of my suitcase -- jumping from one film set to the other, working continuously.

15)  ... am essentially homeless. I'm a gypsy a bit, living out of my suitcase, and I'm unemployed.

16)  Because of that, he's been living out of a suitcase in a San Antonio hotel while trying to launch a business. 

17)  Used to living out of a suitcase, Bob Dylan performs about 100 shows a year.

18)  I'm more or less living out of a suitcase. My health's suffered.

19)  The nomadic grind of living out of a suitcase and struggling to find her way had worn out its welcome with her. 

20)  In his 40s and with a family, living out of a suitcase doesn't hold the appeal it once did.