A mongoose in a life-and-death battle with a cobra.
A life-and-death struggle between union and management.
You said it was a matter of life and death.
She's in a stasis right now, caught between life and death.
See The Life and Death of Mr Vavasor Powell (1671), attributed to Edward Bagshaw the younger; Vavasoris Examen et Purgamen (1654), by E.
It was the religious expression of the unity of Israel which the life and death struggle with the Philistines had gradually wrought out.
His military authority was confined to Italy; and his power of life and death over the citizens was at an early period limited by law.