kiss of life


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the kiss of life

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 the kiss of life to someone once.
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kiss of life

1 mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. 2 an action or event that revives a failing enterprise.
2 1997 Anthony Barnett This Time She gave a decrepit institution the kiss of life, when she became its adversary.
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The 46-year-old's wife Anne looked on helplessly as he fell, then climbed down to give him the kiss of life to try and save him
While Pamela phoned for an ambulance, Julie gave him the kiss of life.
Colleagues gave him the kiss of life but it is believed he had suffered a fatal heart attack.
PC Carmichael leaped from his horse, Musketeer,cleared the boy's airways and gave him the kiss of life.
A MAN who almost died can celebrate Valentine's Day today - thanks to a kiss of life.
QUICK-thinking fireman Dave Shaw saved a baby squirrel after it fell out of a tree - by giving it the kiss of life.
And it was like a kiss of life for the research station.
A MUM who trained as a St John Ambulance worker saved her desperately ill baby with the kiss of life.
Thomas Sewell, 45, gave Millie Angus the kiss of life after she stopped breathing at her home in Perth.
The woman, named only as Mandy, was brought to shore semi-conscious before Mr Broughton gave the kiss of life.
Darren's attempts to give his father the kiss of life were in vain.
I will have to make sure there is a doctor on the bench for every game from now on to give me the kiss of life," said Moyes.
ANIMAL lover Alexandra Gilmour dragged an unconscious dog from a smoke-filled room - and saved the hound with the kiss of life.
Research shows continuous compressions at 110 to 120 beats per minute - the same as Stayin' Alive - are more effective than trying to do CPR with a poor kiss of life technique.