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English definition of “lifeline”

lifeline

noun [C]     /ˈlaɪflaɪn/
something that will help a person , organization , or country to continue to exist or operate in the same way: The government is going to throw a lifeline to the troubled motor industry . They won what amounted to an economic lifeline that allowed Britain to pay for food , fuel , and other essentials .
(Definition of lifeline noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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