to save (one's) life

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to save (one's) life

Regardless of one's effort, passion, or desire. Ugh, this art assignment is so annoying—I can't draw an apple to save my life. Rachel is so selfish! It's like she couldn't consider another person's feelings to save her life.
See also: life, save

to save one's life

Even if one's life depended on it, as in I couldn't eat another bite to save my life, or Betty wouldn't climb a mountain to save her life. This hyperbolic expression nearly always follows a negative statement that one wouldn't or couldn't do something. Anthony Trollope used a slightly different wording in The Kellys and the O'Kellys (1848): "I shan't remain long, if it was to save my life and theirs; I can't get up small talk for the rector and his curate."
See also: life, save

to save your life

used in various expressions, especially can't (or couldn't ) do something to save your life , to indicate that the person in question is very incompetent at doing something.
The first recorded use of this expression is by Anthony Trollope in The Kellys and O'Kellys ( 1848 ): ‘If it was to save my life and theirs, I can't get up small talk for the rector and his curate’.
See also: life, save

to save (one's) life

No matter how hard one tries: He can't ski to save his life.
See also: life, save
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"The vehicle could have exploded at any timer He added, "God put me in a place to save somebody's life. If it wasn't for God they wouldn't be here."
Shortly before her death she wrote: "I write as if to save somebody's life...Probably my own life." Writing enabled her to step out of herself while still preserving her "inflexible individuality." In her words,
It was the most humbling experience I've ever had, to save somebody's life. It's just amazing it all worked out for that kid."--Cpl.
"What is particularly important to me as a paramedic is that when I've got a casualty that's critically ill, I've got my resuscitator and my suction unit to hand." Osian added: "I can reach everything that I need to save somebody's life from a chair next to the patient.
'It can develop their confidence - there are young people who have had to save somebody's life and had the confidence to put someone in the recovery position and been able to act and do something.
Still, I have donated over 50 pints of blood over the years, so perhaps I have already helped to save somebody's life. It's a nice feeling.