Cliche of the Week 32 – Fighting for Life

February 15, 2011 at 1:51 am Leave a comment

(With many thanks to Leith Phillips for suggesting this one)

Each day brings new struggles, some so severe that the needle of existence wavers between life and death. Newspapers record up to 200 times a week someone fighting for life after an accident or violent crime.

“A boy of 12 was last night fighting for his life after plunging down stairs at school.” (The Sun, February 5)

“Tasmanian football legend Darrel Baldock is fighting for his life in the Mersey Community Hospital at Latrobe.” (Hobart Mercury, February 1)

“A Liverpool FC fan who was repeatedly stabbed in his own home after inviting drinkers to a post-match party is still fighting for his life.” (Liverpool Echo, January 31)

“A man is fighting for his life after he was attacked close to a Glasgow subway station.” (Evening Times, January 31)

“A pregnant woman is fighting for her life in hospital after contracting swine flu.” (Daily Express, January 25)

“A 16-year-old boy injured on Monday remains fighting for his life in Waikato Hospital.” (Waikato Times, January 14)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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