lifesaver

noun

life·​sav·​er ˈlīf-ˌsā-vər How to pronounce lifesaver (audio)
1
: one trained to save lives of drowning persons
2
: one that is at once timely and effective in time of distress or need

Examples of lifesaver in a Sentence

a surgical procedure that has been a lifesaver for many people This multipurpose tool can be a real lifesaver when something needs fixing. Frozen dinners can be lifesavers for busy parents. Thanks so much for offering to help. You're a real lifesaver!
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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lifesaver was in 1887

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“Lifesaver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lifesaver. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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lifesaver

noun
life·​sav·​er ˈlīf-ˌsā-vər How to pronounce lifesaver (audio)
1
: a person trained to save the lives of drowning persons
2
: something that relieves distress when most needed

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