hang on for dear life

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hang on for dear life

To hang on to something very tightly, as if one's life depended on it. The hiker grabbed a root as she fell off the cliff, and had to hang on for dear life while she waited for the rescue crew. When the dentist motioned us back into the examination room, my daughter clutched her chair and hung on for dear life.
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hang on for dear life

Cliché to hang on tight. As the little plane bounced around over the mountains, we hung on for dear life.
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I climbed to the catwalk and hung on for dear life.
As the engine was running and still in forward gear, he grabbed the tree and hung on for dear life, holding the boat still.