n a crease on the palm; its length is said by palmists to indicate how long you will live
n support that enables people to survive or to continue doing something (often by providing an essential connection)
the airlift provided a lifeline for Berlin she offered me a lifeline in my time of grief
n line that raises or lowers a deep-sea diver
n line thrown from a vessel that people can cling to in order to save themselves from drowning
President Bush in USA Today 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...
Chris Pronger in CBC.ca 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.
John Kerry in International Herald Tribune 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.