to the death


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to the death

Until one participant is killed. In this part of town, ever fight you get into could end up being to the death, so you'd be wise to watch your step. The encounter will be a battle to the death between the two animals.
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to the ˈdeath

until somebody dies or is defeated: There was a fight to the death between two men armed with knives.
See also: death

to the death

Until one participant in a fight or struggle has died or been killed.
See also: death
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Anyone who pays attention to the death penalty can feel it.
The death of Jonathan Pearson's brother-in-law, Mahlon Hosford, often useful comparisons both to the community reaction to William Palmer's passing, and to Pearson's heart-felt response to the death of his own son Henry.
At times, Bush seems insensitive to the plight of the people he is sending to the death chamber.
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