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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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| RELIEVING CONGESTION: The hard-shoulder has traditionally been a life-saver, but with all lanes in use you might have to stop in the traffic flow in the event of a sudden emergency
The Heimlich manoeuvre, which involves grasping a person around the waist with both arms and pressing into the stomach to force a piece of food out and stop them from choking, has proved a life-saver on numerous occasions.
A grandmother who saved her five-year-old grandson's life when he choked on a piece of beef was today named Life-saver of the Year.
It is then hoped the LIFE-SAVER J device can be used at GP surgeries as a first line of defence against lung cancer.
Now Bruno is back to full fitness and enjoyed meeting his life-saver.
"I believe this new link will prove to be a life-saver."
Finally, reader Selina Smart rang Direct Line, asking us to pass on her thanks to a young life-saver.
LIFE-SAVER Rhodri Morgan with resident Stephen Callaghan at the EBP opening.
Yasmine, who played life-saver Caroline in the TV show, had been visiting friends in Michigan.
GREEN tea extract could be a life-saver for people with an aggressive form of leukaemia, say scientists.
Details were revealed yesterday of a new Landlord & Tenant Ground Rents Bill 2000, which it is claimed will prove a life-saver for many struggling businesses in rural towns.
LIFE-SAVER: Cholesterol drug could reduce pre-eclampsia threat
Steve has hailed his dad as a life-saver as they were reunited with colleagues at JCB's facotry in Cheadle, Staffordshire.
WHEN you have a whale of an appetite a long crack in the ice is a life-saver.
LIFE-SAVER: Thomas with Millie, now 23 months old PERTHSHIRE PICTURE AGENCY