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What does the phrase mean when someone says they're 'waiting on a lifeline'?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    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.

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  • RP
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    1 month ago

    It suggests they are in some kind of predicament and are hoping to find a rescue device.

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  • Anonymous
    1 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.

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