(to be) a matter of life or death

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a matter of life or death

"(to be) a matter of life or death"

a very urgent issue, situation, or circumstance


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a matter of life or death

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Can you please get that report to me by the end of the day.

Colleague 2:  Is it that important?

Colleague 1:  It is a matter of life or death. I need to stay all night and get a proposal ready for the morning. It may save the company.

Colleague 2:  If it is that important, I will make sure that you have it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a matter of life or death

Two friends are talking on the telephone ...

Friend 1:  I really need your help. I am in a panic. Can you come over?

Friend 2:  Is it a matter of life or death?

Friend 1:  I have a date with Frank tonight and I can't decide what to wear.

Friend 2:  That is serious. I'll be right over.

(to be) a matter of life or death - Usage:


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(to be) a matter of life or death - Gerund Form:

Being a matter of life or death, she stayed until midnight to finish the project.

(to be) a matter of life or death - Examples:

1)  However, men don't have that option. Getting a job is a matter of life or death to them.

2)  ... a red long robe with a white top over it, and it was a matter of life or death to wear black polished shoes.

3)  ... for farmers, in conservation and in climatic disasters when access to water is a matter of life or death.

4)  Irish Water is being treated as a matter of life or death while the real issues of life or death are ignored.

5)  ... as they're just differences of opinion. When those differences potentially become a matter of life or death, that's another matter.

6)  ... themselves about fences and outdated facilities for years. Now they realised it was a matter of life or death.

7)  Greens need to ensure we don't have workers rights attacked -- it is a matter of life or death.

8)  When launching awareness for a superhero movie, costume reveals are a matter of life or death. Screw up a superhero's costume, and it could ...

9)  The distinction of "contemporary" photography is important -- it was a matter of life or death, so to speak.

10)  The affray looks like a picnic party delayed by a broken spoke rather than a matter of life or death.

11)  Social Security survivor benefits after a spouse has passed away. It was often a matter of life or death, financial solvency or hardship ...

12)  ... or seeing the familiar "no service" on a cellphone screen can be a matter of life or death.

13)  ... sometimes can't find street addresses in rural areas, and it can be a matter of life or death, say fire chiefs.

14)  The possession of a particular passport at that time was indeed a matter of life or death

15)  ... clause of social impact survey through the ordinance. This is not a matter of life or death for me.

16)  During his three overseas assignments with the CIA, Barron's disguises were often a matter of life or death.

17)  ... policy decisions based on good evidence are a matter of life or death.

18)  ... and how we cope with that new state will be a matter of life or death for many human generations to come.

19)  ... is that integrity is driven to such a degree that it is presented as a matter of life or death.

20)  ... such as scaling and polishing for example, as a cosmetic expense and not a matter of life or death.