give (one's) life

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give (one's) life

To die or devote one's entire life for a cause (often saving someone else or defending a particular belief). Are you willing to give your life for your family if the insurgents reach our house? She gave her life to helping the poor.
See also: give, life
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I don't care a straw about anyone but those I love; but those I love, I love so that I would give my life for them, and the others I'd throttle if they stood in my way.
"I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself.
I'm glad there's something to give my life for, for it's not simply useless but loathsome to me.
With the secret of artificial propagation once more in their hands their numbers would soon be made so to overrun the world of Pellucidar that there could be no hope for the eventual supremacy of the human race, the cause for which I so devoutly hoped, for which I had consecrated my life, and for which I was not willing to give my life.
Doesn't her husband belong in the roster of 'people in the world [I] would give my life for'?
I will give my life to defend both them and the multiplicity of diverse human beings that as fellow citizens and honored guests inhabit my beautiful land.
According to Savage, "He was lying beside me on the hill and he said: 'If I have to die, I'm glad to give my life for my country.' "And we should thank God that there are still men like Lt.