Sell one's life dearly

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sell one's life dearly to do great injury to the enemy before one is killed
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sellan, to hand over; cf. Ice. selja, Goth. saljan.

Usage

In literature:

Art is long and life is fleeting, and one must try with patience to sell one's life as dearly as possible.
"The Letters of a Post-Impressionist" by Vincent Van Gogh
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