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life-and-death

[ lahyf-uhn-deth ]
/ ˈlaɪf ənˈdɛθ /
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adjective

ending with the death or possible death of one of the participants; crucially important: The cobra was engaged in a life-and-death struggle with the mongoose.

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Origin of life-and-death

First recorded in 1680–90
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Idioms and Phrases with life-and-death

life and death

see matter of life and death.

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