run for (one's) life

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run for (one's) life

To run as fast as one possibly can, as if (or because) one is in a dangerous or grave situation. We ran for our lives when we heard that a lion had escaped from its cage. I ran for my life trying to get to the train on time, but it began pulling away just as I got to the platform. You'll have to run for your life if you want to have any chance of qualifying for the varsity team.
See also: life, run

run for one's life

to run away to save one's life. The dam has burst! Run for your life! The captain told us all to run for our lives.
See also: life, run
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He would go in like a man swimming under water; he would put his handkerchief over his face, and begin to cough and choke; and then, if he were still obstinate, he would find his head beginning to ring, and the veins in his forehead to throb, until finally he would be assailed by an overpowering blast of ammonia fumes, and would turn and run for his life, and come out half-dazed.
Nilong died on the spot while his uncle managed to run for his life and took cover.
CARL Froch accused domestic rival George Groves of preparing to "run for his life" at their final head-tohead press conference ahead of tomorrow night's world super-middleweight title fight in Manchester.
"My experience at the top level, my punching power and George's lack of ability to take a punch is going to be the reason why he's going to come to the ring and run for his life and he's not going to stand and fight."
: Carl Froch accused domestic rival George Groves of preparing to "run for his life" at their final head-to-head press conference ahead of tomorrow night's world super-middleweight title fight in Manchester.
Froch said: "My experience at the top level, my punching power and George's lack of ability to take a punch is going to be the reason why he's going to come to the ring and run for his life and he's not going to stand and fight."
TEN weeks of taunts came to a head last night as Carl Froch vowed to make motormouth George Groves run for his life when they finally enter the ring tomorrow.
London, May 18 ( ANI ): Sacha Baron Cohen has revealed that he had to run for his life when he was chased by a furious rock-wielding gang as they tried to stone him.
On the same day he discovers the silence, he is loaded up with a backpack, Manchee, his new dog, and his mother's diary and told to run for his life.
The policeman was then threatened with what hasbeen described as an imitation firearm which saw the officer 'run for his life.'
At this point, I am sure, it became clear to my brother that his life was in danger, and he began to run for his life. The two officers chased my (clearly unarmed) brother about 30 or 40 feet, and, once they had a clear shot, one merciless officer proceeded to unload his weapon into Kenneth's back.
But when the man is discovered to be cheating the king, his hand is chopped off--in a most gruesome scene--and Edmond, considered guilty by association, must run for his life. Salvation comes in the form of a knight, Sir Nigel, who is seeking a strong young squire to accompany him on a Crusade....
But Spot's no sitting duck...um, dog...so watch him run for his life. Run, Spot, run!
Everyone had to run for his life. Security guards and Turkish players attacked us.One kicked Beni Huggel in the head."
But when the man is discovered to be cheating the king, his hand is chopped off--in a most gruesome scene--and Edmund, considered guilty by association, must run for his life. Salvation comes in the form of a knight, Sir Nigel, who is seeking a strong young squire to accompany him on a Crusade, a trip to the Holy Land "to fight for the True Cross." ...