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Someone who will serve some duty or sentence or in some position for the rest of their life. Typically used in reference to the military or prison. I knew I was a military lifer when I tried to rejoin civilian life and felt completely ill at ease. They try to keep the lifers together, as it tends to cause less friction than having them around men with short sentences. John's a lifer—that guy will work here until he dies.
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lifer

(ˈlɑɪfɚ)
n. someone who is attached to an institution for life, such as a lifetime soldier or a prisoner serving a life sentence. (Prisons and military.) Most of the lifers are kept in this cell block.
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The book further details the lives of these women in prison as the authors describe the various programs that are offered to lifers, the difficulties adjusting to prison life and culture, the struggles to maintain relationships outside the walls of the prison, and the physical, mental and emotional difficulties they face over the years.
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I had been released myself when John died and recall one of the fellow lifers who had also since been released being quite angry towards the rest of the lifer community for not visiting John in hospital during his last days.
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The Parliamentary written answer stated a total of 53 lifers have been freed after serving less than six years.
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Serin and Motiuk, 2000) or disturbed and disruptive (Toch and Adams, 2002), lifers come grudgingly to accept the prison as their involuntary home for life and fellow lifers as something akin to an adopted family (Toch and Adams, 2002; Paluch, 2004).