between life and death

between life and death

In a precarious or dangerous situation that could result in one's death. That horrific car accident left Kara between life and death.
See also: and, death, life

between life and death

Fig. in a position where living or dying is an even possibility. (Especially with caught or hovering.) And there I was on the operating table, hovering between life and death. The mountain climber hung by his rope, caught between life and death.
See also: and, death, life
References in classic literature ?
And the more imbued he became with that principle of love, the more he renounced life and the more completely he destroyed that dreadful barrier which- in the absence of such love- stands between life and death.
It was the last spiritual struggle between life and death, in which death gained the victory.