for dear life
Also, for one's life. Desperately, urgently, so as to save one's life. For example, When the boat capsized, I hung on for dear life, or With the dogs chasing them they ran for their lives, or She wanted that vase but I saw it first and hung on to it for dear life. These expressions are sometimes hyperbolic (that is, one's life may not actually be in danger). The first dates from the mid-1800s, the variant from the first half of the 1600s. Also see for the life of one.
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His life as a man is built around health insurance and tax services.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was also an attack on our freedom of expression and way of life.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I always wanted my life to be that way, and it became that way.
I liked it because it was like my life coming back together.
Now, it immediately occurred to Davy that he had never in his whole life had all the plums he wanted at any one time.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Dean Swift was indeed a misanthrope by theory, however he may have made exception to private life.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
We shall recover again some or all of the steadfastness and dignity of the old religious life.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
It is the dramatic impulse of childhood endeavouring to bring life into the dulness of the serious hours.Children's Ways|James Sully
Woman is mistress of the art of completely embittering the life of the person on whom she depends.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou