Definition of lifeline noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪflaɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪflaɪn//
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  1. 1a line or rope thrown to rescue somebody who is in difficulty in the water
  2. 2a line attached to somebody who goes deep under the sea
  3. 3something that is very important for somebody and that they depend on The extra payments are a lifeline for most single mothers.
  4. Extra examples He clung to the lifeline and the woman pulled him towards the bank. He threw me a lifeline when he offered me a job. The organization provides a real lifeline for many women in poverty. The state pension is their financial lifeline. Visits from loved ones are a vital lifeline for prisoners. While my mother was ill, talking to Sheila became a lifeline for me. With this one unexpected victory, the club now has a lifeline.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lifeline