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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Meanwhile Agelaus son of Damastor, Eurynomus, Amphimedon, Demoptolemus, Pisander, and Polybus son of Polyctor bore the brunt of the fight upon the suitors' side; of all those who were still fighting for their lives they were by far the most valiant, for the others had already fallen under the arrows of Ulysses.
Many apparel companies are showing minimal profit margins, so a new cost in the form of tariffs implies that companies will be "fighting for their lives," Dunn said on "Squawk Box" Friday.
Summary: Two brothers are fighting for their lives at Saqar hospital
NEW YORK Twelve people were killed and four more were seriously injured and fighting for their lives late Thursday in a fast-moving fire at an apartment building on a frigid night in the Bronx, according to New York Citys mayor.
Dawabsheh's wife and 4-year-old boy, who were also seriously wounded in the attack, were still fighting for their lives in Israeli hospitals.
But for reasons as yet unknown, it broke off and left six of the young friends dead and seven others fighting for their lives.
KENNY Jackett has told his Wolves players to "finish the job" against a Crewe side fighting for their lives.
A PENSIONER has admitted causing a crash which left two young children left fighting for their lives.
Flynn said: "We needed to be at our best against a team that had been playing well and are fighting for their lives.
TWO women are fighting for their lives after injections by a fake doctor aimed at giving them bottoms like J-Lo.
Cash for courage would never have been intended when they were fighting for their lives.
'Managers are fighting for their lives at the bottom of this division.
She accomplishes this by retelling the Gettysburg drama from three very different, untraditional viewpoints: the housewives and mothers of the beleaguered town; its black residents who were well established there; and several bewildered Federal German-American regiments who found themselves in the quiet community, fighting for their lives. As masses of fighting soldiers suddenly filled the streets, the women turned their homes into impromptu hospitals, mess halls, and fortresses.
Miles from shore, a cataclysmic hurricane sets them adrift and fighting for their lives, and Jenny must find the courage within herself to chart a new course through troubled waters.
Last night, five people were fighting for their lives including the 45-year-old mother, her son, and three of her passengers, all aged 12 and 13.
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