English translation of '死活'
⇒ 煤矿主不顾矿工的死活,让他们没日没夜地工作。(Méikuàngzhǔ bùgù kuànggōng de sǐhuó, ràng tāmen méi rì méi yè de gōngzuò.)
The mine manager didn't care at all about his employees' safety and made them work day and night.
⇒ 交通灯变绿了但车子死活打不着火。(Jiāotōngdēng biàn lǜ le dàn chēzi sǐhuó dǎ bù zháo huǒ.)
The lights had changed to green, but the car simply wouldn't start.
Translation of 死活 from the Collins Chinese to English Dictionary