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.
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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.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Many men would have been ready to lay down their lives for such a speech from the king.
'Police [are] always ready to lay down their lives for dignity and survival of the country,' Shah added.
He said police is always ready to lay down their lives for dignity and survival of the country.
'They lay down their lives so that we may live, but they live on forever,' the president said in a tweet reacting to the martyrdom of ten armed forces personnel in two separate incidents in North Waziristan and Balochistan in the day.
PM Imran Khan said 'I salute our armed forces personnel who continue to lay down their lives fighting terrorists to keep the nation safe.'
They were also chanting slogans to lay down their lives to protect the country.
Imran Khan is a patriotic leader and workers of PTI are ever-ready to lay down their lives for the country.'
In that same vein, by continuing to work together and to leverage the strengths of each of our services, we will continue to build a safer America for the future, and a world where fewer brave souls like Jason Cunningham will have to lay down their lives in battle.
It is hard for me to imagine what it must have been like for them to lay down their lives daily for their friends in a bloody war that ground up human flesh for four long years.
They pledged to lay down their lives in defence of their country.
As this Thanksgiving Day nears, Oregonians across the state should pause to think of Robert Charles Hanners, Randall Carpenter and Jeffery Edward Common - and the hundreds of men and women like them across the state - who every day stand prepared to lay down their lives for their communities.
'We are thankful to our heroes who lay down their lives so that we may live in peace,' he added.
However, to pay befitting tribute to those who continue to lay down their lives in the defense of Quaid's Pakistan, may we suggest that all fallen soldiers be referred to as 'shaheed' or 'martyrs' in our newspapers and magazines.