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See also: Lifesaver



life +‎ saver



lifesaver (plural lifesavers)

  1. Someone or something that saves lives.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      “[…] if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. What I won't stand is to have them togs called a livery. […]”
    My dad loves his job as a surf lifesaver.
    Paramedics are not just ordinary workers, but lifesavers with a very important job.
  2. (figuratively) Someone or something that is very useful or helpful.
    Thank you so much for fixing my car; you're a real lifesaver!
    This shop is a lifesaver on a hot day when you're craving a cold drink.