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life support

noun artificial maintenance of life, conninuance of life through medical equipment, extension of life by technological means, sustenance of life by artificial means Generally: being kept alive, fostering of life, life retention, preservation of life, prolongation of existence
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I seen our other pal lay in HIS stock of old rusty second-handers.
Gentleman kind of gives a whoop, and hollers, "If it ain't my old pal, Jerry Moore
But it is pretty certain to be a lively night for him and his pals - and a vulnerable one for the best bedroom
I don't believe you ever before had such pals to desert," was my reply to that.
You can bleat about the girl to your heart's content, for that's your own affair, but if you round on your pals to this plain-clothes copper, it will be the worst day's work that ever you did.
Thorndike, isn't that Plug you're riding an assert of the scrap you and Buffalo Bill had with the late Blake Haskins and his pal a few months back?
Why, I said at the time that no thief and no thief's pal was going to try to pawn or sell a thing where he knowed the pawnbroker could get both rewards by taking HIM into camp with the swag.
There will only be one other, our old pal at the Korea, Jack Seward.
You see, between you an' me close-tiled, I look on this South American business as a mighty serious thing, and if I have a pal with me I want a man I can bank on.
just as it makes a man happy to lend a hand to a pal in a ticklish place, or a lover happy to put his coat around the girl he loves to keep her warm.
We only want an old man and a young one, and a third pal of yours who is a gentleman born, to make a regular clearance in the house.
His pal, who didn't come up much higher than his elbow, stepping forward exhibited a pale face with a long drooping nose and no chin to speak of.