Definition of for the life of me in English:

for the life of me

phrase

informal
  • with modal and negative However hard I try; even if my life depended on it.

    ‘I can't for the life of me understand what you see in her’
    • ‘I can't, for the life of me, think why I stopped using it as an alarm clock!’
    • ‘I knew that book as well as I knew my own name, but as a child I could not, for the life of me, explain what it meant to me.’
    • ‘I also remember someone miming rather badly too, but for the life of me can't remember who they were, which is probably just as well.’
    • ‘My mind goes blank, my heart beatboxes inside my chest, my skin tingles and dampens and I cannot, for the life of me, think of anything to say.’
    • ‘However, for the life of me, I will never know how they hatch their young among these sun-oiled simmering tourists!’
    • ‘There's some subtle difference which, for the life of me, I cannot see.’
    • ‘I could not, for the life of me, find my wedge of Parmesan cheese.’
    • ‘Now, for the life of me, I can't figure out what the priest is getting at here.’
    • ‘They came flat, encased between two pieces of hard clear plastic, which I could not open for the life of me.’
    • ‘I cannot, for the life of me, understand why this book has made me dwell on my lack of friendships this evening.’