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- (euphemistic) To die, especially to be killed during involvement in an activity or in some other undertaking.
- 1726 October 28, [Jonathan Swift], “Mildendo, the Metropolis of Lilliput, Described, together with the Emperor’s Palace. […]”, in Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. […] [Gulliver’s Travels], volume I, London: […] Benj[amin] Motte, […], OCLC 995220039, part I (A Voyage to Lilliput):
- The people so highly resented this law, that our histories tell us, there have been six rebellions raised on that account; wherein one emperor lost his life.
- 1818, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, Letter 1:
- I have no ambition to lose my life on the post-road between St. Petersburgh and Archangel.
- 1893, William Butler Yeats, "The Friends of the People of Faery" in The Celtic Twilight:
- “[H]is own wife lost her life with an accident that come to a horse that hadn't room to turn right with a harrow between the bush and the wall.”
- 1912, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World, ch. 2:
- “Do you think, Sir, that you could possibly send me on some mission for the paper? . . . anything that had adventure and danger in it. . . .”
- “You seem very anxious to lose your life.”
- 2006 Dec. 30, Unmesh Kher, "By the Numbers: The U.S. Death Toll," Time:
- [E]nemy fighters killed 2,320 of the troops who lost their lives in Iraq through December 2.
- See Thesaurus:die
- “lose one's life”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- “lose one's life”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
- “lose-your-life” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- “lose-your-life” (US) / “lose-your-life” (UK) in Macmillan English Dictionary.
- lose one's life at TheFreeDictionary