life-bird

lifer

[lahy-fer]
noun Slang.
1.
a person sentenced to or serving a term of life imprisonment.
2.
a person committed to a professional lifetime career in the military.
3.
a person who has devoted a lifetime to a profession, occupation, or pursuit.
4.
a.
Also called life bird. a species of bird not seen previously and that will therefore be added to the bird watcher's life list.
b.
the sighting of a bird of a previously unseen species: It seems like forever since I've had a lifer!

Origin:
1820–30; life + -er1

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lifer (ˈlaɪfə)
 
n
informal a prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment

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lifer definition

[ˈlɑɪfɚ]
  1. n.
    someone who is attached to an institution for life, such as a lifetime soldier or a prisoner serving a life sentence. (Prisons and military.) : Most of the lifers are kept in this cell block.
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