live in sin

Cohabit outside marriage, as in Bill and Anne lived in sin for years before they got married. This term, dating from the early 1800s, is mostly used in a jocular fashion today, when customs and views are more liberal in this regard. Also see live together.


Nearby words

  1. live happily ever after,
  2. live high off the hog,
  3. live in,
  4. live in an ivory tower,
  5. live in each other's pockets,
  6. live it up,
  7. live like a king,
  8. live load,
  9. live oak,
  10. live on

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