from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having nine lives, as the cat is humorously said to have; hence, not easy to kill; escaping great perils or surviving grave wounds or hurts: as, a reckless nine-lived fellow.


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  • Though he could not drown, and was nine-lived in addition, he was suffering all the agonies of half-drowning.

    Chapter 21

  • This nine-lived notion of male supremacy in inheritance was rather reinforced than removed by the breeding of domestic animals in the still more recent past.

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  • She had a constitution like a nine-lived cat, and her active outdoor life kept her blood in perfect condition, and it was not long before she began to get the upper hand of the fever.

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  • Though he could not drown, and was nine-lived in addition, he was suffering all the agonies of half - drowning.

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  • Oh! a subtle captain, whose very strangeness was his best lieutenant upon that eldritch, nine-lived ship, through days and days of monstrous luck.

    Sir Mortimer

  • Bordeaux (not a few Americans ignominiously scampered off to England) and did not return for three weeks or more; during which time those brave enough to remain did ten times as much work as should be expected even of the nine-lived female.

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  • It was one of the astonishing examples not only of the grim courage of women under pressure but of that nine-lived endowment of the female in which the male never can bring himself to believe save only when confronted by practical demonstration.

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  • But like the nine-lived feline variety of 'Cat, Hartline is back again, and his experience gives him a leg up in the competition. >


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