lifeline lifeline  /ˈlaɪf ˌlaɪn/


  1. (n) a crease on the palm; its length is said by palmists to indicate how long you will live
  2. (n) support that enables people to survive or to continue doing something (often by providing an essential connection)
  3. (n) line that raises or lowers a deep-sea diver
  4. (n) line thrown from a vessel that people can cling to in order to save themselves from drowning



  1. Highways and railroads are primary lifelines in most parts of the world.
  2. Every time they lowered a lifeline and flotation ring to him, he passed it on to another of the passengers.
  3. It was bad news for the sailors keeping open the United Nations' lifeline around Africa to the Red Sea and beleaguered India.


  1. Reverse Mortgages Can Be a Lifeline for Seniors of Modest Means, But Counseling is Critical

    The federal reverse mortgage program can be a lifeline for some older homeowners, but consumer protections and comprehensive counseling are critical to protecting seniors and their
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Lifeline Direct Insurance Services Introduces Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance for Virginia Residents

    Lifeline Direct Insurance Services, a nationally branded life insurance agency specializing in term life insurance, introduces guaranteed issue life insurance for Virginia residents. (PRWeb June 18, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 18, 2013     Source: PRWeb

  3. Lifeline called to Shelbyville crash

    LIfeline was called to the scene of a crash in Shelbyville Sunday afternoon. Read more at
    on June 17, 2013     Source: WISH-TV Indianapolis


  1. "We in the federal government must respond and respond robustly to help the people there not only recover, but to make sure that lifeline of activity, that bridge, gets rebuilt as quickly as possible," President Bush said Thursday after meeting...
    on Aug 2, 2007 By: President Bush Source: USA Today

  2. "Hopefully, we can do something with our lifeline here and use the excitement and euphoria from this win and from our last little stretch of games here to propel us and do good things here in the playoffs," defenceman Chris Pronger said.
    on Apr 11, 2010 By: Chris Pronger Source:

  3. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., called it "a lifeline for our last remaining polar bears" but said the bear's survival won't be assured without limits on oil development in the same Arctic waters where the bears are found.
    on May 14, 2008 By: John Kerry Source: International Herald Tribune

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