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. 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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A lot of people were so shocked I thought I was going to have to give them the kiss of life. A charge of pounds 4.20 is absolutely disgusting, and to think most places in the country are free of charge anyway on a Sunday.
"They tried to give them the kiss of life and did everything they could think of to try to save them."
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