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as if (one's) life depends on it

With maximum, possibly desperate, effort or energy (i.e., as if one is at risk of losing one's life if one fails). The boxer started the third round throwing punches as if his life depended on it. This project could very well determine the future of the company, so start working as if your lives depend on it!
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like (one's) life depends on it

With maximum, possibly desperate, effort or energy (i.e., as if one is at risk of losing one's life if one fails). The boxer started the third round throwing punches like his life depended on it. This project could very well determine the future of the company, so start working like your lives depend on it!
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if (one's) life depended on it

Under any circumstances; no matter what. (Used almost exclusively with a negative statement regarding something that one couldn't or wouldn't do.) No way am I going to karaoke night. I couldn't sing if my life depended on it! No thanks, I wouldn't see that film if my life depended on it.
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depend (up)on someone or something

to rely upon someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Can I depend on you to do this right? You can depend upon me for help.
See also: depend, on

That (all) depends.

My answer depends on factors that have yet to be discussed. Tom: Will you be able to come to the meeting on Thursday night? Mary: That all depends. Bob: Can I see you again? Sally: That depends.
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depend on

or depend upon
v.
1. To be contingent upon something or someone for an outcome: Whether or not we go on the picnic depends on the weather.
2. To rely on something or someone, especially for support or maintenance: Children depend on adults for food and shelter.
3. To place trust or confidence in someone or something: You can depend upon my honesty.
4. To have a chronic or compulsive need for something; be addicted to something: As time went by, he began to depend on painkillers to get him through the day.
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As the force of impressions generally depends on preconceived ideas, I may add, that mine were taken from the vivid descriptions in the Personal Narrative of Humboldt, which far exceed in merit anything else which I have read.
Whether a drug roadblock passes the balancing test may very well depend on how carefully the initiating law enforcement agency plans the procedure and articulates its purpose.
Such comparisons depend on being able to measure patient health outcomes and calculate what health outcomes should have been achieved, which depends on adjusting for patient diagnostic classification and the physician's practice circumstances.
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But now that I'm older and people are so far ahead of me, you got so many things to depend on.
The choice of the appropriate modifier chemistry and physical form will depend on the application.
The soft segments of TPUs depend on the polyol used (figure 1).
According to the report, northwestern Ontario cannot continue to rely on the service and government sectors to replace lost jobs because these sectors depend on the existence of the primary and manufacturing industries.
The income tax consequences of individual retirement account (IRA) distributions on death depend on who is designated as the beneficiary.
His generalized theory predicts that the frequency of radiation used to drive any atomic system from one energy level to another would depend on the amplitude of the radiation, an effect normally ruled out.
The relative impact of any one of these sets of variables on outcome will depend on the type of treatment under study and on the time at which the study was conducted.