lifeline : Definition, Usages, News and More

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  • 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

  • Highways and railroads are primary lifelines in most parts of the world.
  • Every time they lowered a lifeline and flotation ring to him, he passed it on to another of the passengers.
  • Their growth model produced miracles and as Park said in a 1965 speech, exports were "the economic lifeline.
News & Articles


  • 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
    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.

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