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take someone's life

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Kill someone, as in They argued about invoking the death penalty for taking someone's life. [ c. 1300 ]
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take one's own life. Commit suicide, as in Most churches have long opposed taking one's own life. [ First half of 1900s ]
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take one's life in one's hands. Take a serious risk, as in Climbing without oxygen is really taking your life in your hands.
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