lay down your life

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 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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He taught me many things, but the most important is that it takes the greatest love to lay down your life for your friends.