for dear life


: very tightly or quickly because of fear or danger
He was hanging/holding on to the rope for dear life.
They were running for dear life to get away from the vicious dogs.

Examples of for dear life in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the rallying cries the retail traders used was HODL: hold on for dear life. Rebecca Angelo, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Safiya’s mother, while loyal to her father, nonetheless gave Safiya and her siblings the gift of books, including poetry, to which Safiya latched on for dear life. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 22 Sep. 2023 Even when he was being tackled, Milroe looked to be wrapping up the ball for dear life, avoiding the fumbles that were an issue in 2022. Matt Stahl |, al, 3 Sep. 2023 Throw away your pumpkin spice lattes because Salma Hayek Pinault is holding on to summer for dear life. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 31 Aug. 2023 And yes, plenty of laughs were had as Driver held on for dear life at one point. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 10 July 2023 The other, even better, involves a train barreling out of control while Cruise, holding onto a motorcycle for dear life, plunges down toward the rogue choo-choo from a high, high cliff. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 5 July 2023 The role of young lobby boy Zero often requires Revolori — who was all of 17 years old at the time of filming — to simply hang on for dear life opposite Ralph Fiennes’s hurricane of a comedic lead turn. Joe Reid, Vulture, 26 June 2023 The Browns blitzed the Titans to the tune of a 38-7 halftime lead before hanging on for dear life to win the game. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 30 Sep. 2022 See More

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“For dear life.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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