life savings

lifesaver

[lahyf-sey-ver]
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:
1880–85; life + saver

lifesaving, adjective, noun
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Main Entry:  life savings
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the money a person has saved up over the course of his or her life; all of the money one has saved to date
Example:  You should never risk your life savings by investing it in the stock market.
Etymology:  by 1835
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