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 ?
If she managed to get across it, they must throw the comb behind them and run for their lives, for where the comb fell a dense forest would start up, which would delay the witch so long that they would be able to get safely away.
There was shooting in the air in both towns as the guns rendered heavy sounds in the air, making residents run for their lives
A CCTV footage which has captured the incident shows the personnel attempting to run for their lives, as the car takes a sharp turn towards them while apparently trying to take over a car parked ahead of it at the picket.
Dress up (there's a competition for the most spine-chilling zombie) and come along to scare the living daylights out of would-be survivors as they run for their lives!
TERRIFIED hares run for their lives as greyhounds give chase at the national coursing finals at the weekend.
"I was also thinking of that moment those 53 girls tried to run for their lives: that energy, that explosive moment in their mind where all of the sudden you shift, you click and you run." One of the kidnapped girls returned home Sept.
Summary: Thousands have run for their lives after being chased by hordes of "zombies" in a survival-themed race in the Philippines.
I wonder how these people would feel if they were put in front of hounds and horses and told to run for their lives?
SWISS goal hero Marco Streller last night claimed his team-mates had to run for their lives as their game in Turkey ended in violent scenes.
As they run for their lives, Julia refuses to believe her sibling would set her up like this.
4TH OF JULY--vacation day, sun, skating, food, and watching your friends run for their lives from a bottle rocket onslaught.
BOOZED-up British bouncers had to run for their lives after their seaside flashing enraged a gang of men.
Iraqi VIPs and US Army top brass had to run for their lives as militants breached security and launched a mortar attack from just 300 yards away.