to save someone's life

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of to save someone's life

informal
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

save play
  1. : to deliver from sin

  2. : to rescue or deliver from danger or harm

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

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

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

  1. : other than : but, except

  1. : except for the fact that : only

  2. : but, except

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

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

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

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

  1. : of or relating to animate being

  2. : lifelong

  3. : using a living model


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