Definition of “for dear life” - English Dictionary

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“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 avoid danger:

As the ship began 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 dear life.

(Definition of “for dear life” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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