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life saver

Someone or something that provides crucial help in a difficult situation. The term is almost always applied to situations that are not literally life-threatening. You're a real life-saver for coming over and fixing my flat tire. The knife I brought on the camping trip turned out to be a life saver when we realized we had forgotten a can opener.
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Life-savers from the Great North Air Ambulance were today making a flying visit to North Yorkshire Police HQ to launch a new fundraising campaign.
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The annual event is personally supported by Prime Minister Tony Blair, who hosts a yearly reception at Downing Street for life-savers from around the country.