"all one's life's worth" meaning in English

Noun

Audio: en-au-all one's life's worth.ogg [Australia]
  1. A momentous matter; a very serious risk; a difficult task or situation. Tags: idiomatic

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          "ref": "1889, Edward L. Wilson, \"From Sinai to Shechem,\" The Century Magazine, vol. 37, p. 208 (Google preview)",
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          "text": "\"It's all one's life is worth to board one of these confounded cable-cars.\""
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          "ref": "1912, Acton Davies and Charles Frederic Nirdlinger, chapter 15, in The First Lady in the Land",
          "text": "\"Fancy planting a capitol in this Godforsaken spot. Fairly reeks of ague and alligators and things. 'Tis all one's life's worth to put foot out of doors.\""
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