risk life and limb

idiom

: to do something that is very dangerous
They risked life and limb to pull the child from the river.

Examples of risk life and limb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the ones that are in the position to do the heavy lifting, the ones that risk life and limb out there on the football field are the players. Mirjam Swanson, Orange County Register, 10 Jan. 2024 So what motivates her to risk life and limb to eat slightly elevated antipasti? Vulture, 26 Oct. 2023 American defectors were generally regarded as trophies by Pyongyang, evidence of the superiority of the North Korean system and the desire of even Americans to risk life and limb to become a part of it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 July 2023 Groups of fearless racers risk life and limb chasing an eight-pound (3.5-kilogram) round of Double Gloucester Cheese down an extremely steep and uneven hill, with a 1:1 gradient in some sections. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 6 June 2022 This popular winter activity in the Midwest needs only an unplowed street and some adventure-seeking men and women willing to risk life and limb for a brief thrill. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 16 Feb. 2022 Shame on them; while cops, like some of every group, do bad deeds, far many more routinely risk life and limb to protect members of the city's LGBT community. Star Tribune, 19 May 2021

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“Risk life and limb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risk%20life%20and%20limb. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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