in fear of one's life

idiom
variants: or US in fear for one's life
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in fear of one's life

: afraid of being killed
  • She claimed that she shot the burglar because she was in fear for her life.

Word by Word Definitions

fear play
  1. : an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger

  2. : an instance of this emotion

  3. : a state marked by this emotion

  1. : to be afraid of : expect with alarm

  2. : to have a reverential awe of

  3. : frighten

life play
  1. : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

  2. : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

  3. : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. : of or relating to animate being

  2. : lifelong

  3. : using a living model


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