I'm reading a Aesop's fable, The Kingdom of the Lion. I cannot understand the last sentence in the fable:

And after the Hare said this, he ran for his life.

What's the meaning of the phrase "ran for"?

2 Answers 2


"Run for" is not the applicable phrase. The parsing is [run] [for his life], that is, the Hare ran as if his life depended on it.

  • While "run as if to save one's life" is a common meaning of the phrase, in the instance the OP's asking about it seems to mean "run to save one's life", as the other answer suggests.
    – msh210
    Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 21:04

It means that the Hare ran to save his life (apparently his life was in danger).

  • Do you mean that the Hare just ran away to avoid to be eaten?
    – Shawn Xie
    Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 6:22
  • @CookSchelling: That's exactly the meaning.
    – Irene
    Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 6:27
  • Think of it as "the hare ran [for the sake of] his life."
    – Blrfl
    Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 11:37

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