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[lahyf-er-deth] /ˈlaɪf ərˈdɛθ/
Origin of life-or-death
First recorded in 1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was a punishment that satisfied both sides of the life-or-death argument.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • Brigham struck out as if he comprehended that this was a life-or-death matter.

    An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  • In a life-or-death matter such as now confronts us regarding the wild life of our country, it is time to speak plainly.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • It was a life-or-death struggle with the elements--English courage and brawn pitted against the combined action of wind and sea.

    The Quest of the 'Golden Hope' Percy F. Westerman
  • Kenniston, unable to turn from the life-or-death business of threading the swarm, heard the Jovian fighting furiously.

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