take someone's life

take (one's) life

To kill someone or oneself. In the latter case, "own" often precedes "life." Do you feel any remorse for taking their lives all those years ago? I was so saddened to hear that Daniel's father took his own life yesterday.
See also: life, take

take someone's life

1. Kill someone, as in They argued about invoking the death penalty for taking someone's life. [c. 1300]
2. take one's own life. Commit suicide, as in Most churches have long opposed taking one's own life. [First half of 1900s]
3. take one's life in one's hands. Take a serious risk, as in Climbing without oxygen is really taking your life in your hands.
See also: life, take