In the classroom dyed chicks are used to show students how the chick’s feathers come in. Wildlife management researchers track dyed chicks as they leave the nest. The dye used is non-toxic, and poultry experts say the chicken’s health is not affected. The color disappears after a few weeks as chickens shed their fluff and grow feathers. ~ Fowl play
Hello and welcome to episode 75…of… An Idiom a Day
I’m Gina Johnson and the idiom of the day …is… lay down your life
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~Joseph Campbell
lay down your life… if someone lays down their life for another person they die so that the other person can live …to die in order to save someone or something…to give up your life for a good cause
My cousin is a firefight. Every day that he goes to work he may die to save another person.
Here is the same sentence using the idiom… lay down your life
My cousin is a firefighter. Every day at work he lays down his life.
Here are a few more sentences using the idiom … lay down your life
I would lay down my life for my family.
Police officers have laid down their lives to protect and serve.
Many soldiers have laid down their lives during the war.
Would you rather be a police officer or a firefighter?
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give your life
They joined the military to give their lives to their country.
Many young men and women gave their lives.
slightly formal | idioms used in a serious or polite way