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[lahyf-bluhd] /ˈlaɪfˌblʌd/
the blood, considered as essential to maintain life:
to spill one's lifeblood in war.
a life-giving, vital, or animating element:
Agriculture is the lifeblood of the country.
Origin of lifeblood
1580-90; life + blood Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We depend on others for their agricultural productions; we live by manufactures and commerce, of which credit is the lifeblood.

  • One reference each of "lifeblood" and "life-blood" were retained.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • Let the wounds of Africa first be stopped,—let her lifeblood stay to enrich her own veins.

    A Trip to Cuba Julia Ward Howe
  • The curse impels her to attack him, to seek to drain his lifeblood.

  • And it was as if Dworn's own lifeblood had been drained and his own heart had stopped beating.

    World of the Drone Robert Abernathy
British Dictionary definitions for lifeblood


the blood, considered as vital to sustain life
the essential or animating force
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lifeblood

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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