take someone's life

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take someone's life

  1. Kill someone, as in They argued about invoking the death penalty for taking someone's life. [c. 1300]

  2. take one's own life. Commit suicide, as in Most churches have long opposed taking one's own life. [First half of 1900s]

  3. 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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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