Definition of For dear life

1. Adverb. As though your life was at stake. "He was running for dear life"

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Lexicographical Neighbors of For Dear Life

for all intensive purposes
for all intents and purposes
for all intrinsic purposes
for all one is worth
for all practical purposes
for all the world
for another thing
for any price
for anything
for better or worse
for cause
for certain
for chrissake
for cryin' out loud
for crying out loud
for dear life (current term)
for each one
for each person
for ever
for ever and ever
for ever more
for evermore
for example
for fake
for free
for good
for good and all
for good measure
for goodness' sake

Literary usage of For dear life

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1. Old and New London: A Narrative of Its History, Its People, and Its Places by Walter Thornbury, Edward Walford (1881)
"... Street—Lord Chancellor Eldon—A Runaway Match—Southampton House—An old Temple —Southampton Buildings—Flying for Dear Life—Jacob's Coffee House—Ridiculous ..."

2. Life in Danbury: Being a Brief But Comprehensive Record of the Doings of a by James Montgomery Bailey (1873)
"... and his coat tail on fire, and those tongs and wrenches were up hi the air struggling for dear life with that sheet iron furnace. ..."

3. The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, Mountaineer, Scout, Pioneer by James Pierson Beckwourth, Thomas D. Bonner, Charles Godfrey Leland (1892)
"Removal of our Rendezvous—Battle with our Friends, the Black Feet—A. Race for dear Life—Great Victory over the ..."

4. In Dwarf Land and Cannibal Country: A Record of Travel and Discovery in by Albert Bushnell Lloyd (1900)
"... TO BASOKO Houses—Gardens—Coffee—Rubber—Ivory—Another start—A struggle for dear life—A great loss—Cannibals of the Upper ..."

5. The Baroness de Bode, 1775-1803 by William Shakespear Childe-Pemberton (1900)
"... NB—No one ever conies from there '—Escape—A fervent prayer —A long conflict—Madame decides to fly with Clem and Harry— for dear life—Safe at last. ..."

6. The Baroness de Bode, 1775-1803 by William Shakespear Childe-Pemberton (1900)
"... XB—No one ever comes from there '—Escape—A fervent prayer —A long conflict—Madame decides to fly with Clem and Harry— for dear life—Safe at last. ..."

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