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lifesaver

[lahyf-sey-ver] /ˈlaɪfˌseɪ vər/
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
1880-1885
1880-85; life + saver
Related forms
lifesaving, adjective, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for lifesaving

any activity related to the saving of life in cases of drowning, shipwreck, and other accidents on or in the water and to the prevention of drowning in general.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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