Meaning of “be a matter of life and/or death” in the English Dictionary

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"be a matter of life and/or death" in British English

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be a matter of life and/or death

C2 to be very serious:

And if you miss the bus, well, it's not a matter of life and death.

(Definition of “be a matter of life and/or death” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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