lifeline

[ lahyf-lahyn ]
/ ˈlaɪfˌlaɪn /

noun

Origin of lifeline

First recorded in 1690–1700; life + line1
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British Dictionary definitions for lifeline

lifeline

/ (ˈlaɪfˌlaɪn) /

noun

a line thrown or fired aboard a vessel for hauling in a hawser for a breeches buoy
any rope or line attached to a vessel or trailed from it for the safety of passengers, crew, swimmers, etc
a line by which a deep-sea diver is raised or lowered
a vital line of access or communication
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Word Origin and History for lifeline

lifeline


n.

also life-line, 1700, "rope used somehow to save lives," from life (n.) + line (n.); figurative sense first attested 1860. Sense in palmistry from 1890.

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