What does the phrase mean when someone says they're 'waiting on a lifeline'?
- Anonymous1 month agoFavorite Answer
waiting on a lifeline > [figuratively] depending on something which provides a means of escape from a difficult situation.
OR [literally] waiting for someone to throw them a rope or line used for life-saving, typically one thrown to rescue a person in difficulties in water or one used by sailors to secure themselves to a boat.
- RPLv 71 month ago
It suggests they are in some kind of predicament and are hoping to find a rescue device.
- Anonymous1 month ago
"Waiting on a lifeline" is not a common phrase but I'd guess it refers to the TV quiz show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" where a lifeline was someone a contestant could consult with about an answer.