remain above ground

remain above ground
   not to die
   I include this entry to illustrate the dangers and risks confronting those who use euphemisms:
    Mrs Van Butchell's marriage settlement stipulated that her husband should have control of her fortune 'as long as she remained above ground'. The embalming was a great success. (J. Mitford, 1963 — Mr Van Butchell showed more enterprise than taste)

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