give (one) the kiss of life

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give (one) the kiss of life

To administer artificial respiration, that is, the blowing into the mouth of a person who has stopped breathing so as to force air in and out of their lungs. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I was a lifeguard at the local pool for five years, but I've only had to give one person the kiss of life.
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Many of us wouldn't know how to give the kiss of life or heart massage but a defibrillator can give the "kick of life" that can get a heart back on track.
The crook's hammerwielding accomplice fled, leaving stunned staff to give the kiss of life and ring for an ambulance.
As part of a year-long pilot scheme, the charity are offering families affected by cot death free first aid training on everything from how to give the kiss of life to a baby, to how to clear the airway of a choking infant.
The Sun's story on 19 April, 1989, alleged that drunk Liverpool fans pickpocketed and urinated on the dead and dying and attacked police attempting to give the kiss of life.
You may remember it: the one that said it was true that Liverpool supporters picked the pockets of the dead (a lie), the one that said it was true that Reds fans urinated on police officers (a lie), the one that said it was true that some Scousers beat up a copper attempting to give the kiss of life (you guessed it - another lie).
The only thing that Cameron could have done was stimulate growth at home, and give the kiss of life to our dying economy to prepare us better for the coming storm.
MEMBERS of the public are being urged not to give the kiss of life during CPR but to concentrate instead on chest compressions.
PEOPLE are being urged not to give the kiss of life during CPR but to concentrate instead on chest compressions.
In the video, Jones urges the public not to give the kiss of life but instead to concentrate on chest compressions.
The girl who is in here is particularly upset because she had been trying to give the kiss of life to one of the boys who has now died.
Although it had an automatic resuscitator to give the kiss of life, unlike today's versions, it was not adjustable for children.
SCIENTISTS are testing whether mistletoe can give the kiss of life to cancer victims.
Anglesey council has reacted by cutting some stall rates from pounds 59 to just pounds 5 in a bid to give the kiss of life to the town markets.
Another neighbour, Gail Jones, 45, said: "One neighbour tried to give the kiss of life so you can imagine what state he is in now.