lay down (one's) life

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lay down (one's) life

To sacrifice one's life (for someone or something); to die (for a purpose). Our soldiers are out there laying down their lives for our freedom, and we should show our support. To lay down one's life to save a stranger is the ultimate sacrifice.
See also: down, lay, life
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lay down one's life (for someone or something)

Fig. to sacrifice one's life for someone or something. Would you lay down your life for your country? There aren't many things for which I'd lay down my life.
See also: down, lay, life
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lay down your ˈlife (for somebody/something)

(literary) die for your country, a cause etc: Thousands of young men laid down their lives in the war so that we could live in freedom.
See also: down, lay, life
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References in classic literature ?
The woman is thoroughly devoted to me, and her husband would lay down his life for me."
Shelby, that if he were put to it, he would lay down his life for you."
For a few seconds he faintly struggled with the man who had come to lay down his life for him; but, within a minute or so, he was stretched insensible on the ground.
His one thought now was to atone--win to Meriem's side and lay down his life, if necessary, in her protection.
"GREATER love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).
Contrary to popular song (ironically, most recently by a group named "Darkness"), love is not "only a feeling." For Christians, love is incarnated in Jesus, above all as he "lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13 RSV).
In other words, instead of focusing on the sacramental ritual in which Jesus pledges to lay down his life, John shows us Jesus actually laying down his life in service.
To Jason, those sailors they were trying to rescue and those soldiers on board that helicopter were his comrades, and he was willing to lay down his life to try to save them.
He made the conscious decision, out of the greatest love possible for you, to lay down his life to win your battle against death.
Jesus said that no man has greater love than to lay down his life for his friend.