loss of life

idiomatic phrase

Definition of loss of life

: death … street robberies, often accompanied by cruel wounds, and not unfrequently by loss of life— Charles Dickens : incidences of people dying In 1900 a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, destroying the city and killing over 6,000 persons—the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster ever recorded in the United States.— David H. Hickcox

First Known Use of loss of life

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Loss of life.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loss%20of%20life. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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