for dear life

for dear life
adverb
as though your life was at stake
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he was running for dear life

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DESPERATELY, with all one's might, with might and main, for all one is worth, as fast/hard as possible, like the devil.
life

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adverb
: so as to save or as if trying to save one's life : with might and main

a giant octopus … was holding on for dear life with a dozen legs — C.L.Carmer

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for dear life informal phrase
using all your strength, speed, or determination in order to avoid danger or serious trouble

He clung on to the edge of the cliff for dear life.

Thesaurus: determined and ambitioussynonym
Main entry: dear

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I
see life
II for dear (or one's) life
as if or in order to escape death

I clung to the tree for dear life | Sue struggled free and ran for her life

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for dear life — see life, 1
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Main Entry:dear
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for dear life
: very tightly or quickly because of fear or danger

He was hanging/holding on to the rope for dear life.

They were running for dear life to get away from the vicious dogs.

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Main Entry:life

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for dear ˈlife | for your ˈlife idiom
as hard or as fast as possible

She was holding on to the rope for dear life.

Run for your life!

Main entry:lifeidiom

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