Can the phrase to part with one's life be used figuratively as a synonym to the verb to die?

John didn't care about his health and parted with his life in his early 30's.

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    I can't recall ever seeing this. It was more "left this world". Commented Aug 17, 2015 at 14:06
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    No. You might also try: "John didn't care about his health and called it a day in his early 30's.
    – JMB
    Commented Aug 17, 2015 at 15:07
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    Or, "...*and checked out in his early 30's*". Plenty of euphemisms for death/dying... Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 1:19

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It's not a commonly known/heard phrase (at least in American Midwest English). That doesn't mean that it wouldn't be understood, though. It has kind of a poetic feel to it, so if that's what you're going for it works.

If you're looking for something more commonplace and somber, "passed away" is a commonly used and understood way of saying "died." Some phrases are more somber/serious than others so it depends on the tone you're trying to convey.

  • Yes, I mean a metaphor or even something ironic.
    – olegst
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 6:03

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