lifesaver

[lahyf-sey-ver]
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noun

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

First recorded in 1880–85; life + saver
Related formslife·sav·ing, adjective, noun
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life-saving

adjective

acting to save a person's life
informal giving help in time of need

noun

the practice or techniques of saving people's lives
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