- a person who rescues another from danger of death, especially from drowning.
- a person or thing that saves a person, as from a difficult situation or critical moment: That money was a lifesaver.
- Chiefly British. a lifeguard.
Origin of lifesaver
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Examples from the Web for life-saving
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The broader question is what is the proper cost of life-saving pharmaceuticals?There’s a Life Saving New Drug. But You Can’t Afford It.
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That certainly would be a life-saving law, if he could only get it passed.Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts
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An incident there set him dreaming of the life-saving systems on great waters.The Age of Invention
His stories of wrecks and life-saving were well told and Galusha enjoyed them.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
"I should like to be at the life-saving station when they land," said Ralph.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
It is now a charity-school, a lighthouse, and a life-saving station.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
- acting to save a person's life
- informal giving help in time of need
- the practice or techniques of saving people's lives
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