for dear life

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Definition of 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.

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“For dear life.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/for%20dear%20life. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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