to save someone's life

Definition of to save someone's life

informal

  1. —used to say that someone is completely unable to do something I can't figure this puzzle out to save my life. She can't sing to save her life.

Word by Word Definitions

saveplay
  1. :  to deliver from sin

    :  to rescue or deliver from danger or harm

    :  to preserve or guard from injury, destruction, or loss

  1. :  a play that prevents an opponent from scoring or winning

    :  the action of a relief pitcher in baseball in successfully protecting a team's lead

    :  official credit for a save

  1. :  other than :  but, except

  1. :  except for the fact that :  only

    :  but, except

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

lifeplay
  1. :  the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

    :  a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

    :  an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. :  of or relating to animate being

    :  lifelong

    :  using a living model


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