Is 'born to die' an idiom?
What does it mean?


I wouldn't call it an idiom.

I suppose it depends on the context, but it probably refers to the fact that every creature that is born must die.

(except you and me, of course)

You often find catchy slogans like this on tattoos and T-shirts. Sometimes they're personal, and sometimes they enjoy brief popularity. They may be humorous, or ironic, or intended to announce your attitude toward life. (meantolearn)

"Born to die" might express a cavalier approach to life. "Why be cautious? Go for it!" "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may." "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die." - etc.
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Originates from the great poet, Dylan Thomas. An excellent short poem "Eli Jenkins Prayer".

Worth looking up and reading. It has been made into songs and hymns, so there are some beautiful uplifting versions. In the context of the poem it is self-explanatory.

The poem itself is part of the famous play "Under Milk Wood" about the circle of life amongst the, often amusing, characters in a small seaside town.

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