Definition of Life-or-death

1. Adjective. Vitally important. "A life-and-death struggle"

Exact synonyms: Life-and-death
Similar to: Crucial, Important



Definition of Life-or-death

1. Adjective. Of critical importance to the survival of a living organism. ¹

2. Adjective. Having death as a possible or even likely outcome; perilous. ¹

3. Adjective. (idiomatic) Of critical importance to the success of a particular endeavor. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Life-or-death

life's a bitch
life's not all skittles and beer
life-and-death
life-buoy
life-buoys
life-child
life-cycle costing
life-force
life-giving
life-lease
life-long
life-lore
life-of-man
life-or-death (current term)
life-size
life-sized
life-style
life-support
life-support system
life-sustaining
life-threatening
life-time
life-times
life after death
life and limb
life and soul of the party
life belt

Literary usage of Life-or-death

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1887)
"... and the issue being not only one of life or death to this plaintiff in error, but of far-reaching power, unceasing interest and illimitable value, ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1816)
"At that disastrous moment, the life or death of his beloved Cantacuzene was concealed by his flight into Servia : bat the grateful Irene, impatient to ..."

3. The Chief American Poets: Selected Poems by Bryant, Poe, Emerson, Longfellow by Curtis Hidden Page (1905)
"... eyes pursued His portly presence mad for food, With dark hints muttered under breath Of casting lots for life or death, To be himself the sacrifice. ..."

4. Bradford's History "of Plimoth Plantation.": From the Original Manuscript by William Bradford, Massachusetts General Court, Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State (1899)
"... whether in life or death. But see how ye man thus apprehended by Mr. Black- wells means, ... life or death ..."

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