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lifesaver

[lahyf-sey-ver] /ˈlaɪfˌseɪ vər/
noun
1.
a person who rescues another from danger of death, especially from drowning.
2.
a person or thing that saves a person, as from a difficult situation or critical moment:
That money was a lifesaver.
3.
Chiefly British. a lifeguard.
Origin of lifesaver
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85; life + saver
Related forms
lifesaving, adjective, noun
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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

    Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • An incident there set him dreaming of the life-saving systems on great waters.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for life-saving

life-saving

adjective
1.
acting to save a person's life
2.
(informal) giving help in time of need
noun
3.
the practice or techniques of saving people's lives
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