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 ?
A devil of dumbness had him by the throat; the devil of terror babbled in his ears; and suddenly, without a word uttered, with no conscious purpose formed in his will, John whipped about, tumbled over the roadside wall, and began running for his life across the fallows.
"He was running, Watson--running desperately, running for his life, running until he burst his heart--and fell dead upon his face."
"Because he came first, running for his life, leaping ere the Little People were aware, and was in the river when they gathered to kill.
A TEENAGER who was stabbed to death in the street had been "running for his life" while covered in blood, a witness has said.
"The white boy was running for his life, a young white teenager, he was stabbed multiple times.
Just a day after this picture was taken he was running for his life
RUNNING for his life, this pet ferret has some Tyneside neighbours to thank for his lucky escape Mum-of-one Claire McGinty was enjoying a coffee outside her home in Wallsend, North Tyneside, over the weekend when she was alerted to some trouble in the street.
"He was running for his life. It was about the murder of an innocent shopkeeper, outnumbered and set upon brutally, in a way that meant he did not stand a chance."
RESTLESS natives send captain Johnny Depp running for his life in the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean movie.
The victim was literally running for his life, being chased by the gunman, and he was lucky that some of the shots missed him,"