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for dear life

If you do something for dear life, you do it with as much effort as possible, usually to avoid danger: As the ship began to tilt, we clung on for dear life.
Translations of “for dear life”
in Chinese (Traditional) 盡全力,竭力…
in Chinese (Simplified) 尽全力,竭力…
(Definition of for dear life from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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