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throw (one) a lifeline

To give someone help or a means of dealing with a problematic or dangerous situation, especially if they are desperate or are unlikely to succeed on their own. The 12-month grace period is the IRS throwing companies and individuals whose taxes are in arrears a lifeline. I could see that he was really upset about being late to the appointment, so I threw him a lifeline and rescheduled him for later that day.
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throw a lifeline to (someone)

To give someone help or a means of dealing with a problematic or dangerous situation, especially if they are desperate or are unlikely to succeed on their own. The 12-month grace period is the IRS throwing a lifeline to companies and individuals whose taxes are in arrears.
See also: lifeline, throw
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throw a lifeline to (or throw someone a lifeline)

provide someone with a means of escaping from a difficult situation.
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We started looking at the rest of the lifelines on the ship and noticed that most of them resembled our first efforts.
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Once InSurv rolled around and they had inspected all our new lifelines, we gained an even greater appreciation for the lifelines they play in everyday safety.
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He said: "The Lifeline Trust plays a valuable role in working with other agencies to promote safer and independent living.
The floating lifeline system provides a means for man overboard recovery while moored or pierside, by allowing an individual to pull himself along the lifeline and regain access to the ship via the stern or the Jacob's ladder.
The length (L) of each assembly shall be equal to the distance between the floating lifeline forward and after attachment points (D) multiplied by a factor of 1.05, plus 25 feet; that is L=(1.05xD)+25.
The first buoy at each end of the port and starboard assemblies shall be located where the floating lifeline enters the water.
To unpack stories through deconstruction, the chapters in a lifeline are explored as larger systems (i.e., chapters that represent one's past experiences) and through time (i.e., earliest memories to present).
The lifeline can be extended into the future as the client is invited to expand the life story in time through a variety of life roles.
After a brief screening and collection of intake information, the counselor introduced the lifeline as "an activity we can do so I can get to know a little more about your life story, which may help us look at your future life story with that better paying job." As newsprint paper was placed in front of the client, the counselor continued, "The lifeline may help you to tell the past and present chapters in your story, your perceptions of your life to this point, and yourself in a variety of life roles." Raynelle's face lit up with a broad smile when the counselor opened a container containing colored pencils.
For consumers living in states without a matching program, the FCC establishes eligibility Under federal rules, consumers may be eligible for Lifeline support if they receive assistance from one or more of the following programs: the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), federal public housing assistance, Medicaid, food stamps, or supplemental security income (SSI).
In October 2000, the FCC enhanced the Lifeline program by providing additional federal support to those living on tribal lands.
However, regardless of discount or state matching, tribal consumers are required to pay a minimum monthly Lifeline rate of $1 for their local phone service.