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
References in classic literature ?
Now once more I was terribly afraid, for I thought that they would catch me, or I must run for my life again.
I was surrounded by enemies and often had to run for my life. It was hard getting enough to eat, at times, and when I found a bunch of clover I had to listen and look for danger while I ate it.
It seemed to me even then that I heard Montgomery shouting for me to run for my life.
Guess where I had to run for my life from London-loathing neanderthals as a teenager?
I would have run for my life and my children's much earlier.