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Up to my best knowledge, the idiom "smth is built to last" means that smth is durable, of high quality and expected to serve for a long time. However, I cannot understand what does the phrase mean literally. I have two guesses.

The first one: "last" is a verb. The builder expects that smth will last (continue its being) for a long time.

The second: "last" is an adjective. Like "built to the very last age". It doesn't look like a grammatically correct sentence to my intuition, though many English idioms do not as well.

Which is correct?

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In the expression "built to last", "last" is a verb in the infinite form "to last". A similar expression, for instance, is:

  • born to run.

Last as an adjective would not fit in the sentence.

(M-W, Dictionary.com)

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