fight for (one's) 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.
See also: fight, for, life
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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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It was no more than a stiff blow, but to us, fighting for life in our frail craft, it was indeed a storm.
It was bitter, bloody work, but we were fighting for life and for the Revolution, and we had to fight the enemy with its own weapons.
Below, the immense buildings, tremendous and fine as they were, seemed like the giant trees of a jungle fighting for life; their picturesque magnificence was as planless as the chances of crag and gorge, their casualty enhanced by the smoke and confusion of still unsubdued and spreading conflagrations.
She assented readily, so readily that I saw again the hand of Nature fighting for life. Van Helsing and I were shown up to Lucy's room.
SIALKOT -- Parveen Bibi, 35, the fifth victim of gas cylinder blast, succumbed to her serious burn wounds after fighting for life for five days at the Mayo Hospital, Lahore, late on Friday.
A MUM and her son were still fighting for life last night as gardai continued to probe a "suspicious" blaze at their home.
Louis buys a camera and approaches Nina Romina (Rene Russo), ratings-hungry editor of the graveyard shift at one news station, with footage of a victim fighting for life. After she pays up, Louis hires an inexperienced protege (Riz Ahmed) to capture murder and misfortune in grisly close-up.
NNA - A British man left fighting for life following a knife attack at an Australian hostel which killed backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung has died in hospital, police confirmed.
by REJIMON K / reji@timesofoman.com Three children injured in Thursday's fatal Nizwa Indian School bus accident are still fighting for life, hospital medics said.
CRASH Fighting for life Fighting for life A after being hit by a car in a country lane near W A MAN is critically ill after being hit by a car in a country lane near Wolverhampton.
A DRIVER is still fighting for life following a smash which closed a dual carriageway for six hours.
A three-year-old girl fighting for life after a house fire that claimed the lives of her mother and four siblings has died.
A MAN was fighting for life and two others were injured after a car smashed into a telegraph pole and parked vehicles in a Birmingham street.