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lifeblood

[lahyf-bluhd] /ˈlaɪfˌblʌd/
noun
1.
the blood, considered as essential to maintain life:
to spill one's lifeblood in war.
2.
a life-giving, vital, or animating element:
Agriculture is the lifeblood of the country.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; life + blood
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  • Few resources have been the focus of more attention than oil, the lifeblood of the modern world.
  • Those that debauch the currency dilute the lifeblood of the economy until it dies of suffocation.
  • More and more of the nation is having its economic lifeblood drained.
  • Volunteers are the lifeblood of a presidential campaign.
  • Creating new economic value from unthinkably large amounts of information is its lifeblood.
  • So remittances, the lifeblood of many families and a big source of income for the country, have fallen sharply.
  • Advertising, the lifeblood of many broadcasters, is difficult to do globally.
  • Risk, the lifeblood of the entrepreneurial economy, is becoming something to be avoided.
  • The public is vital, as they are the consumers and the lifeblood of any and all markets.
  • But copyright is lifeblood to an artist in a way it isn't to a software developer.
British Dictionary definitions for lifeblood

lifeblood

/ˈlaɪfˌblʌd/
noun
1.
the blood, considered as vital to sustain life
2.
the essential or animating force
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Word Origin and History for lifeblood
n.

also life-blood, 1580s, "blood necessary for life," from life (n.) + blood (n.). Figurative and transferred use is from 1590s.

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