"Living Large"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 13 00:38:27 UTC 2011

On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 8:26 PM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> 1834 Â  Â W. G. Simms Guy Rivers I. viii. 102 Â  He did have a power of
> money‥, but they did say he was going behind hand, for he didn't know
> how to keep what he had. He was always buying, and living large—but
> that can't last for ever.

I'm persuaded. Certainly, the phrase is *much* older than 1991. But is
the question solely WRT to the documented, oldest-known occurrence of
the phrase or WRT its more-recent revival as something that's "fresh"?
I, perhaps in error, assumed the latter.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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