throw (one) a lifeline

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throw (one) a lifeline

To give someone help or a means of dealing with a problematic or dangerous situation, especially if they are desperate or are unlikely to succeed on their own. The 12-month grace period is the IRS throwing companies and individuals whose taxes are in arrears a lifeline. I could see that he was really upset about being late to the appointment, so I threw him a lifeline and rescheduled him for later that day.
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We are blessed with a thriving export sector which could throw us a lifeline in renewing our prosperity.
"And we'll be ready if Samoa throw us a lifeline from the Penrith game.We've nine days to prepare and we've shown everybody we're good enough to challenge."
Most of us get knocked overboard sometimes by an unseen wave or a fateful misstep, but we call out for help and fellow travelers throw us a lifeline: Confession.