to the death


: until someone is dead
The warriors would fight to the death.
a battle to the death
: with all of one's energy and effort
Some parents do not want the school to be closed, and say they'll fight to the death for it.

Examples of to the death in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Convicts fight to the death on a dystopian reality television show. Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 That said, the former petty thief must be tired after beating out 455 competitors, including childhood friend, in the Squid Game architects' sinister battle to the death over kids' games. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024 The president ran in open opposition to the death penalty. Dan Higgins, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 The op-ed was a response to the death of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman whose vegetative state triggered a long legal battle and federal action from Congress. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 26 Oct. 2023 Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwen wrestled their guitars seemingly to the death, stomping and gliding across the stage and flinging their instruments sideways and back. Steve Appleford, SPIN, 18 Dec. 2023 Members are left mourning, comparing the loss to the death of a loved one. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2023 The actor died on Monday after a recent illness at the age of 61 Stars across Hollywood are reacting to the death of Andre Braugher. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2023 The numbers smashed records and notably spiked at the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 before jumping yet again in June of that year as protests and riots spread across the nation in response to the death of Floyd. Emma Colton, Fox News, 30 Oct. 2023 See More

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“To the death.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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