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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So if your a pro-lifer and have any moral integrity nuclear power plants wouldn't even be on the table.
Eric, you make lots of nasty comments about pro-lifer's and the unsubstantiated actions they're accused of at clinics.
Indeed a lifer had his sentenced changed to life with parole by a parole board, was paroled and murdered again.
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