The word ‘live’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to reside at a location or remain alive.
- I live in a bungalow. (reside)
- My grandma lived to 98. (remain alive)
Live is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is lived.
idioms list with ‘live’
- learn to live with something – accept and adapt to something unpleasant
e.g. I’ve learnt to live with my husband’s snoring because I love him.
- live and learn – someone has survived and learnt from a bad/unpleasant experience
e.g. I didn’t know I needed a heater for my tropical fish, you live and learn.
- live for the moment – concentrate on the present, don’t worry about the future
e.g. We live for the moment and spend all our wages on having fun.
- live for the weekend – someone’s life revolves around the weekend’s activities
e.g. Tori lives for the weekend, she loves being sociable and travelling.
- live from hand to mouth – very poor, have just enough money to survive
e.g. We are living from hand to mouth at the moment and we have another baby on the way.
- live in cloud cuckoo land – a fantasy land
e.g. You’re living in cloud cuckoo land if you think your wife will take you back.
- live it up – enjoy yourself and have fun
e.g. It’s time to stop living it up. I need to stop partying and work more.
- live on borrowed time – have survived longer than expected and won’t for much longer
e.g. My grandad was given 6 months to live. We’re now in month 8, he’s living on borrowed time.
- live out of a suitcase – never unpack one’s items when travelling
e.g. The one thing I hate about travelling is living out of a suitcase.
Let’s see these idioms with pictures and meaning using real-life scenarios.
Hey, did you know the verb ‘live’ has many phrasal verbs. Since you like idioms and phrases, you obviously want to improve your fluency and speak like a native.
Am I right?
I thought you might like to learn the phrasal verbs with ‘live’ too. They are very common in informal English and great to know/be able to understand if you happen to be speaking to a native. We use them all the time, like literally ALL the time.