(to be) not long for this world




Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - not long for this world

"to be not long for this world"

to be about to die

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - not long for this world

"to be not long for this world"

to be about to stop working or existing

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - not long for this world

Two cousins are talking on the telephone ...

Cousin 1:  I think you should book a flight to come and visit.

Cousin 2:  Why is that?

Cousin 1:  Grandma Jean is not long for this world.

Cousin 2:  That's terrible news.  How soon?

Cousin 1:  The doctors say that she will die in the next couple of days.

Cousin 2:  I'm on my way.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - not long for this world

A husband and wife are talking ...

Wife:  I think it is time to buy a new furnace.

Husband:  Is it really necessary?

Wife:  The repairman has had to fix it twice in the last three months and during his last visit he said that the furnace was not long for this world.

Husband:  I guess if the furnace is going to stop working that we should start shopping for a replacement.





to be not long for this world - Usage:

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to be not long for this world - Gerund Form:

Being not long for this world means that you will die soon.

Being not long for this world means that your car will cease functioning soon.



to be not long for this world - Examples:

1)  Red tape and decade time-frame promises made on three year electoral cycles are not long for this world

2)  Prepare the gallows.. Bioware is not long for this world!

3)  ... Rhododendron showing clear signs of unhappiness -- yellowing, stunted, not blooming and not long for this world.

4)  They maintain that Obama's signature healthcare initiative is not long for this world and presents a serious electoral weakness for the President.

5)  ... sites of their own now so I'm betting that the whole facility is not long for this world.

6)  Poor old Nancy is not long for this world judging by those pics.

7)   The Golden Gate was not long for this world and ceased operation shortly after the release of this, their lone ...

8)  Suddenly e readers feel like they're brilliant devices, but also not long for this world. The Paperwhite may well be the last one you should buy ...

9)  ... may make some viewers subconsciously think of that act as ephemeral, transient, not long for this world, on their way out, and thus not worth bothering to ...

10)  I miss her and think of her often. Not long for this world, but what a wonderful contribution she made.

11)  Needless to say, a company operating on that level was not long for this world. But it's ultimately a happy ending.

12)  ... judging by its ratings and the fact it's on ABC, it's not long for this world.

13)  judging by its ratings and the fact it's on ABC, it's not long for this world. ...

14)  It's over and I'm going down... I'm not long for this world.

15)  My friends, I am not long for this world and as I head towards the next one I become increasing astonished ...

16)  I believe he may have known he was not long for this world and didn't want to upset people.

17)  If a restaurant can not cover its rent, it is not long for this world

18)  ... decline - he gets tired quickly, and thereafter starts losing his place. Not long for this world, I fear. 

19)  By the looks of things, Rebecca and Erik's marriage is not long for this world.

20)  ... leads to the obvious conclusion that the thicker and heavier iPad 3 design is not long for this world.