Meaning of lay down one's life in English:

lay down one's life


  • Sacrifice one's life for a cause.

    ‘the willingness of British troops to lay down their lives for their country is a humbling thought’
    • ‘I do not mean to belittle the heroic deeds achieved by the pioneers, some whom even laid down their lives in fighting crime.’
    • ‘The scripture in the Bible says no greater love hath no man than a man who lays down his life for his friends.’
    • ‘Now I find myself mother to five beautiful, intelligent, creative children for whom I would lay down my life in an instant.’
    • ‘Over 1100 men of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) laid down their lives in Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘The great Sikh martyr Baba Deep Singh laid down his life in revenge.’
    • ‘Rejected by his own, he willingly lays down his life.’
    • ‘He paid tributes at AOC War Memorial to soldiers who had laid down their lives for the cause of the nation.’
    • ‘They are not afraid to lay down their lives for what they believed.’
    • ‘One may, of course, literally have to lay down one's life.’
    • ‘Men and women who of their own volition have said they are willing to lay down their lives for a country they believe in.’