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This is one very catchy phrase from an old movie.

Dying ain't much of a living, son

-Clint Eastwood (The Outlaw Josey Wales)

I know what does it mean literally but when to use it generally in day to day life?

I mean you don't really want to be in such situation. But for fun if you want to use this line, mocking a tough guy from movie.

  • Working in a dangerous profession is not a good way to support yourself. – aparente001 Nov 24 '16 at 5:50
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It simply means that if your choice of occupation (such as being a highway robber) is going to kill you then maybe you should change occupations.

But understand that it's difficult to envision this line being used in a "fun", mocking way (unlike, say, "Make my day"). It apparently has become the title of a Bon Jovi song, but that song is kind of a "downer", based my reading of the lyrics.

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