- 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-saver
And, after a while, the life-saver did get up, although he could scarcely stand.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
You'd better raid a drug-store and get some more of our life-saver, too.The End of Time
But if he betrayed his surprise, the life-saver did not notice it.The Girl and The Bill
"You certainly are the one and only life-saver," she breathed joyfully.Dorothy Dixon Wins Her Wings
The Captain had proved a life-saver indeed to the proud old bird.When the Cock Crows
- the saver of a person's life
- another name for lifeguard
- informal a person or thing that gives help in time of need
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