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charmed life

An existence that seems protected by extreme good luck, as in Robert came out of that accident without a scratch; he must lead a charmed life. The adjective charmed once meant “magical,” which is no doubt what Shakespeare had in mind when he used the term in Macbeth (5:8): “Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests, I bear a charmed life, which must not yield To one of woman born.” Later it was extended to anyone who narrowly escaped from danger or was similarly lucky. [ Late 1500s ]
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  • At last they would not waste their bullets on him because he had a charmed life, under the protection of the Great Spirit.

  • “It means that he has a charmed life,” replied Captain Sinclair.

    The Settlers in Canada Frederick Marryat
  • "He must bear a charmed life, or he would have been killed the night he jumped from the New London special," said Frank.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • Several times Jack had aimed at him, but he seemed to bear a charmed life.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Their arrows fly wide off the mark, and they have given up trying to kill it as it bears a charmed life.

    Myths and Legends of the Sioux Marie L. McLaughlin

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