Definition of high life in English:

high life

noun

  • 1An extravagant social life as enjoyed by the wealthy.

    • ‘I'm gonna be indulging in some well-deserved high living.’
    • ‘She loves the high life, and going to a small town in the middle of nowhere is not what she had bargained for.’
    • ‘Billed as an explosive mix of murder and betrayal on the Costa del Sol, it features the high life enjoyed by British ex-pat villains.’
    • ‘‘He has no interest in high living or luxury cars and his story truly is an incredible one,’ added Mr Rhind.’
    • ‘Charlie Brocket enjoyed the high life before he was jailed. Now his aims are more modest.’
    • ‘Until now, Americans have been able to cash out the rising value of their homes, and use the proceeds to fund a life of low savings and high living.’
    • ‘Overlooking the River Clyde, it offers a particularly nice spot to chill out and enjoy some high living.’
    • ‘But his tenure was marred by accusations of high living at the charity's expense, and he ended up paying back £1,720 in disputed expenses.’
    • ‘The whispers were that he had spent too much time enjoying the high life, and not enough on actually producing results.’
    • ‘The money had not gone on high living, but on household goods.’
    • ‘Slick adverts which associated alcoholic drinks with sex and high living had to bear part of the blame, he said.’
    • ‘Yacht brands such as Ferretti, Bayliner and Sunseeker may soon join Rolls Royce, Porche and Cadillac as household names for those with a taste for high living.’
    • ‘Her relationships with men were catastrophic and her love of the high life, cigarettes and whisky took a devastating toll on her health.’
    • ‘It was in essence, for all Irish people, a period of high living.’
    • ‘She and her sister were enjoying the high life together.’
    • ‘A few have blown the cash on champagne, fast cars and high living, but many have looked around to invest their money wisely.’
    • ‘At Easter Road, the players seemed to decide it was their turn to enjoy the high life.’
    • ‘Corporate America's most notorious continue to enjoy the high life while the victims of their pillage watch their savings slip away.’
    • ‘Di Caprio does a fine job portraying the colourful fraudster who has a passion for high life and women.’
    • ‘Sensing he has got it made, Ricky sets out to enjoy the high life of stretch limos, nightclubs, and, of course, women.’
    hedonism, indulgence, pursuit of pleasure, pleasure-seeking, luxury, lotus-eating, epicureanism, self-gratification
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  • 2A style of dance music of West African origin, influenced by rock and jazz.

    • ‘‘Every Season’ features Damon Albarn, who swaps Parklife for highlife on the album's most traditionally ‘African’ sounding track.’
    • ‘Sunday afternoon on John Roberts Square will feature The Soca Survivors, a classic combination of Caribbean Carnival Soca with a splash of reggae and highlife to create a real party atmosphere.’
    • ‘With highlife, African music had proved its resilience and ability to absorb and synthesise foreign influences.’
    • ‘He pioneered the musical genre of Afrobeat that merged Nigerian highlife, Yoruba percussion and American funky jazz into one hypnotic groove that is widely regarded as the best dance music ever recorded.’
    • ‘Throughout his career he has experimented with diverse musical genres as rumba, soukous, salsa, highlife and afrobeat.’

Pronunciation:

high life

/ˈhī ˈˌlīf/