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- adjective Of
critical importanceto the survivalof a living organism.
- adjective Having
deathas a possibleor even likely outcome; perilous.
- adjective idiomatic Of
critical importanceto the successof a particular endeavor.
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- adjective vitally important
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With thousands of miles of marching behind him and constant life-or-death decisions to make, it was a rare luxury to sit on a ship gently drifting down a river in India.
Not your typical surfing-doc wannabes, the subjects here are favela kids in Rio, whose dreams of turning pro are put into life-or-death perspective by the local drug-dealing gang culture.
It was a life-or-death proposition, like hacking through Mordor.
I mean, it was just a little comment, not a big life-or-death issue.
As last month's nuclear disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant shows, such safety considerations can become a life-or-death matter.
Better to stay in their safe tenured little patch of academia than risk saying something on urgent but controversial questions where their purported wisdom might help ordinary people wrestle with huge life-or-death decisions.
The busker's struggle extends beyond the everyday necessities to life-or-death events that overshadow his performances.
Their experiences and observations underscore why changing the health care system has proved so hard for presidents and policymakers: the complexity of the system, the pressure from chronic diseases, the shortfall in preventive care, the high costs, the competing demands — and the life-or-death stakes.
Now he's been seriously injured in yet another crash and will require life-or-death brain surgery.
Sideburned men in bell-bottomed jeans dashed from building to building, cradling Kalashnikovs, in a life-or-death game of hide-and-go-seek.