American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Involving or ending in life or death: a mongoose in a life-and-death battle with a cobra.
- adj. Vitally important: a life-and-death struggle between union and management.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noting a matter of life or death; critical; desperate.
- adj. vitally important
“Some expressions of Romanticism were of such stress-inducing, life-and-death intensity that they led followers to be diagnosed with clusters of symptoms named after the artworks that caused them.”
“The refusal of the Court to recognize new constitutional rights on life-and-death issues is also apparent in other contexts where vulnerable individuals were denied essential constitutional protection.”
“In the 1930s, when the Depression made competition over jobs and housing a life-and-death contest, many Italian Americans began to heed the calls to distance themselves from “bad” Americans.”
“We are in a life-and-death struggle, but not our whole country," he told the crowd.”
“It was great to see government and business leaders pounding fists over real life-and-death issues that affect millions of too-often-unheard women and children at the bottom of the economic scale.”
“You claim to believe that "life-and-death decisions should be made by families and doctors, with big government out of the way.”
“Faith communities of all types have unified behind OWS because the movement comes the closet of any effort of late -- religious or non-religious -- to illuminating the sheer life-and-death nature of our choice to obey the principles of economic justice, social responsibility and merciful dealings that all scriptures and inter-religious ideologies promote.”
“If this is the case, then I would implore both religious believers and Atheists alike to get over the endless bickering over whether God exists and get on with serious discussions about the important, practical, and daily life-and-death decisions about how we will live in this world together.”
“We have successfully, for the most part, outlawed lynching, yet we still leave life-and-death decisions to a judge and a jury that may be committed to being "tough on crime" and prejudiced enough to order the death of a black man when they would stop to think twice about it if he were white.”
“Delany: I do like the medical roles, but I like the whole life-and-death aspect to it.”
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