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Meaning of “for dear life” in the English Dictionary

"for dear life" in British English

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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 ​avoiddanger: As the ​shipbegan to ​tilt, we ​clung on for dear ​life.
(Definition of for dear life from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"for dear life" in American English

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for dear life

as if you ​fear you will ​die: Once the rollercoaster got going, we were ​hanging on for ​dearlife.
(Definition of for dear life from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “for dear life”
in Chinese (Simplified) 尽全力,竭力…
in Chinese (Traditional) 盡全力,竭力…
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