every man for himself

Definition of every man for himself

used to describe a situation in which people do not help each other and each person has to take care of himself or herself
  • As soon as there was a crisis, it was every man for himself.

Word by Word Definitions

every play
  1. : being each individual or part of a group without exception

  2. : being each in a series or succession

  3. : being all taken severally

man play
  1. : an individual human

  2. : a man belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation)

  3. : husband

  1. : to supply with people (as for service)

  2. : to station members of a ship's crew at

  3. : to serve in the force or complement of

himself play
  1. : that identical male one — compare 1he

  2. used reflexively when the sex of the antecedent is unspecified

  3. : his normal, healthy, or sane condition or self


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