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life of Riley, the

noun phrase

An easy, luxurious, and pleasant life; the GRAVY TRAIN: I took the money, went to Mexico, and lived the life of Riley

[1919+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr an 1880s song about a man named O'Reilly, who became rich and sybaritic]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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