Definition of (on) this side of the grave in English:

(on) this side of the grave

phrase

  • In life.

    ‘they never expected to meet again this side of the grave’
    • ‘It's as close as any of us will come this side of the grave to knowing how the apostles prayed.’
    • ‘You didn't ask for that, but there's no avoiding it this side of the grave.’
    • ‘Cynics advise us not to hope this side of the grave, and yet history teaches that hope denied does not dissipate, it simply goes underground.’
    • ‘This tiny building is the representation of another more heavenly one, never to be realized this side of the grave.’
    • ‘It occurred to me that on this side of the grave the cross is the most obvious fact: human beings suffer and die.’
    • ‘It is not claimed that liberation puts an end to physical pain this side of the grave, for painfulness is admitted to be the nature of the body.’
    • ‘He recalls Fleur's mother and the trauma she endured to keep her sickly daughter on this side of the grave.’
    • ‘During the nineteenth century, sufferers on this side of the grave were treated with animal blood, which they were expected to imbibe.’
    • ‘If we expect to find any literally perfect happiness on this side of the grave, we expect what we shall not find.’
    • ‘History says don't hope on this side of the grave.’