for life

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for (one's) life

Desperately, urgently, or frantically, as if (or because) one's life is at stake. With the outcome of this game determining whether they'll continue in the tournament, the team will need to play for their lives. The reactor is going to blow any minute—run for your lives! With the cancer progressing at an alarming rate, Mary is now fighting for her life.
See also: life

for life

for the remainder of one's life. The accident caused me to become blind for life. She will stay in prison for life.
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for life

Till the end of one's life.
See also: life
References in classic literature ?
Her application to a sober life and industrious management at last in Virginia, with her transported spouse, is a story fruitful of instruction to all the unfortunate creatures who are obliged to seek their re-establishment abroad, whether by the misery of transportation or other disaster; letting them know that diligence and application have their due encouragement, even in the remotest parts of the world, and that no case can be so low, so despicable, or so empty of prospect, but that an unwearied industry will go a great way to deliver us from it, will in time raise the meanest creature to appear again the world, and give him a new case for his life.