fight for life

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fight for (one's) life

To actively try to stay alive, as of one who is sick, injured, or being attacked. She's been fighting for her life for days—she really needs an organ transplant.
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ˌfight for (your) ˈlife

make a great effort to stay alive, especially when you are badly injured or seriously ill: A young cyclist is fighting for his life after the accident.
See also: fight, for, life
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