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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.
And, as the local community was soon made aware -- it was a life-saver.
Through high-profile Tom, Esat claimed the benefits of e-commerce would revolutionise business life for farmers and rural enterprise in the future - particularly as a potential life-saver in some situations.
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The new test could be a life-saver for the 48 million smokers across the country who are at greatest risk for bladder cancer -- experiencing twice the risk of nonsmokers.
It's a life-saver for the developer and a budget-saver for the company footing the bill.
The development is seen as especially valuable for long-distance bus and truck drivers, as well as locomotive engineers, but could be a life-saver for any vehicle operator, Laughlin concluded.
Full story - Page 5 most trusted news brand in the business life-savers A CLECKHEATON company has raised more than PS18,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
SIX volunteer life-savers are preparing to hit the heights to raise funds for their organisation.
LIFE-SAVERS are needed in Coventry and Warwickshire to respond to seriously ill people.
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.
Tums, that product we first snuck from our parents' pockets thinking that it was a tasty peppermint, has now introduced Tums in five flavors - a perfect connection to boomer memories of five-flavor Life-Savers.