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We are all in a race for dear life: that is to say, we are fugitives from death.
Theodor Reik

Meaning of "for dear life" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF FOR DEAR LIFE

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FOR DEAR LIFE

for a start
for a wonder
for all
for all I care
for all one is worth
for all that
for all the world
for better for worse
for certain
for crying out loud
for ever
for evermore
for example
for fear of
for free
for good
for good measure
for hire
for instance
for it

WORDS THAT END LIKE FOR DEAR LIFE

a dog´s life
come to life
country life
daily life
family life
go for your life
home life
life
love life
marine life
not on your life
quality of life
real life
school life
sex life
shelf life
social life
still life
to the life
tree of life
way of life

Synonyms and antonyms of for dear life in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «FOR DEAR LIFE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «for dear life» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of for dear life

Translation of «for dear life» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FOR DEAR LIFE

Find out the translation of for dear life to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of for dear life from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «for dear life» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

亲爱的生活
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

para salvar su vida
570 millions of speakers

English

for dear life
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

प्रिय जीवन के लिए
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

لحياة عزيزة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

за свою жизнь
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

para salvar a vida
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রিয় জীবন জন্য
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pour la vie chère
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Untuk kehidupan yang sayang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

um ihr Leben
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

必死に
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

친애하는 삶 을 위해
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kanggo sayang urip
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cho cuộc sống thân thương
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அன்பே வாழ்க்கை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रिय जीवन साठी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Sevgili hayat için
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

per la vita cara
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dla drogiego życia
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

за своє життя
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pentru draga viata
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

για την αγαπητή ζωή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vir die liewe lewe
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

för brinnande livet
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

for harde livet
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of for dear life

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FOR DEAR LIFE»

The term «for dear life» is very widely used and occupies the 9.226 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FOR DEAR LIFE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about for dear life

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5 QUOTES WITH «FOR DEAR LIFE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word for dear life.
1
Hobart Alter
I took Al Unser out on a Hobie the day before he became the first auto racer to go 200 mph around a closed-circuit track. We were only going about 18 mph, and you should have seen him hanging on for dear life.
2
Fred Melamed
I'm one of relatively few stage-trained actors who doesn't much like acting on stage. It feels kind of like riding the Cyclone at Coney Island, which I did when I was eight. When it was all over, I was glad I had done it, but most of the time when it was actually happening, I was just kind of hanging on for dear life.
3
Theodor Reik
We are all in a race for dear life: that is to say, we are fugitives from death.
4
Emily Robison
I ride horses once in a while, but I'm no expert. I hold on for dear life.
5
Edmund Wilson
His style has the desperate jauntiness of an orchestra fiddling away for dear life on a sinking ship.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FOR DEAR LIFE»

Discover the use of for dear life in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to for dear life and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Fighting for Dear Life: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo ...
In Fighting for Dear Life David presents thoughtful arguments and practical advice that will help the reader forge an honorable path through the legal, medical, and moral complexities of life. I highly recommend this excellent book.
David C. Gibbs, Bob DeMoss, 2008
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Dear Life
Moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in Dear Life build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be.
Alice Munro, 2013
3
Man Runs for Dear Life
Since then, his family and the members of the secret cult set out on the search to eliminate him. In the process, many innocent people lost their lives. Luckily, he escaped from Nigeria to take refuge in France.
Ibharobe Innocent Amedu, 2012
4
For Dear Life and Selected Short Stories
Presented here with two previously unpublished short stories, For Dear Life, edited by Virginia Pruitt and Howard Faulkner, will appeal to those interested in women's studies, social history, and American studies, as well as to anyone who ...
Belinda Dobson Jelliffe, Virginia D. Pruitt, Howard J. Faulkner, 2003
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Dear Life, You Suck
“The shrinkadinks think I have a screw loose.
Scott Blagden, 2013
6
For Dear Life: My Life Lessons
Highlights my personal experiences and reactions, and "food for thought!"
Lois M. Flowers, 2006
7
Dear Life
This story is about a girl named Jenna Selfman, who goes through many struggles in her life.
Lionel Blake, 2010
8
Dear Life
Dear Life focuses largely on mortality in a consumerist world, and foreshadows the author’s sudden death in December 2012.
Dennis O'Driscoll, 2013
9
Praying for Dear Life: A Reason to Rise, Strength for the ...
" So it is that Steagald dismantles the strict compartments of our ordinary" lives and invites us to offer our entire beings to Christ.
Tom Steagald, Tom Steagald, 2006
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The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-one Issues and Concepts
Through the twentieth century, ethnomusicologists have sometimes worked hand in hand with, but sometimes also in opposition to, a lot of educational, commercial, artistic, and governmental (as well Hanging on for Dear Life: Archives and ...
Bruno Nettl, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FOR DEAR LIFE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term for dear life is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Sonoma County Chef Cooks Ribs For KTVU Channel 2
The KTVU camera man makes an attempt to grab the beer our of Gasia's hand, however, she grabs on for dear life and yanks it back. «Patch.com, Jul 15»
2
Sonoma County Chef and Novato Native Cooks Ribs For KTVU …
The KTVU camera man makes an attempt to grab the beer our of Gasia's hand, however, she grabs on for dear life and yanks it back. «Patch.com, Jul 15»
3
Man's best friend: Two veterans take care of each other after war's toll
Bessler was holding onto Mike for dear life, gasping for air and pushing his way upward through the morass of kelp. The boat was floating away ... «Columbia Daily Tribune, Jul 15»
4
Lesson for train-surfing teen - National - NZ Herald News
The 16-year-old clung for dear life to the back of a Wellington passenger train hurtling along at 80km/h, together with two of his 15-year-old ... «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
5
Thurman retains WBA World title with TKO victory | Tha Boxing Voice
... that knocked out Oscar De La Hoya when he fought Bernard Hopkins in 2004, and Thurman had to hold on for dear life, surviving the scare. «thaboxingvoice, Jul 15»
6
Just du it - Gulf Business
... the ladder to success is a misnomer, that in reality you are climbing, crawling, rising and falling and in some cases clinging-on for dear life. «Gulf Business News, Jul 15»
7
Watch: Kenyan politician runs for his life after setting hundreds of …
Unfortunately, that produced some explosive results. KTN Kenya reports that it was a "close shave" for Kabogo, who had to "run for dear life." ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
8
Teen Trapped In Boundary Waters Tells His Story « CBS Minnesota
“When it bent again, that's when I had to squat down and just hang on for dear life, and it was up to my neck,” Bloom said. The 16-year-old was ... «CBS Local, Jul 15»
9
USMNT vs. Haiti, 2015 Gold Cup: What to watch for - Stars and …
In a game that was wild and hectic, the Americans scored off of two set pieces and held on for dear life. The victory coupled with Haiti getting a ... «Stars and Stripes FC, Jul 15»
10
Why Ticks Are a Threat to Your Entire Family | NBC 6 South Florida
While cats are indeed meticulous groomers, ticks literally hang on for dear life. They can be carried into the house by humans and dogs, and ... «NBC 6 South Florida, Jul 15»

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