Definition of lifer
1 : a person sentenced to imprisonment for life
2 : a person who makes a career of one of the armed forces
3 : a person who has made a lifelong commitment (as to a way of life)
Examples of lifer in a Sentence
He was a lifer at the factory.
Recent Examples of lifer from the Web
Simmons knew him as a lifer who did laundry in exchange for goods from the canteen.
A total of 24 students graduated as lifers, having attended Charlotte Christian School for their entire academic career, beginning in first grade or before.
Johnson is as close one can get to being a Butler lifer without actually being an alum of the university.
An August 2016 investigation by Bridge Michigan magazine found that nine county prosecutors were seeking to uphold the mandatory life sentences for almost all of the juvenile lifers convicted in their courts.
Men and women volunteer to serve, and there seems to be a tacit agreement between recruits and lifers on the necessity of good order and discipline.
The audience is first steered to believe that the black comedy is about two strippers on a crazed cross-country murder spree taking out as many right-wing pro-lifers as possible.
Producer Snuff Garrett, a ninth-grade dropout from Texas and a canny music-biz lifer, sometimes motivated musicians while recording by taking out his billfold and ostentatiously sniffing his wad of cash.
Montgomery vs. Louisiana, which came in 2016, found that judges should review more than 200 older cases involving juvenile lifers to apply the new constitutional guidance.
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First Known Use of lifer
LIFER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lifer for English Language Learners
: a person who spends an entire career in the same job
: a criminal who has been sentenced to spend the rest of his or her life in prison
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