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life·blood

 (līf′blŭd′)
n.
1. Blood regarded as essential for life.
2. An indispensable or vital part: Capable workers are the lifeblood of the business.

lifeblood

(ˈlaɪfˌblʌd)
n
1. (Biology) the blood, considered as vital to sustain life
2. the essential or animating force

life•blood

(ˈlaɪfˌblʌd)

n.
1. the blood, considered as essential to maintain life.
2. a life-giving, vital, or animating element: Agriculture is the lifeblood of the country.
[1580–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lifeblood - the blood considered as the seat of vitality
blood - the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped through the body by the heart and contains plasma, blood cells, and platelets; "blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and carries away waste products"; "the ancients believed that blood was the seat of the emotions"
2.lifeblood - an essential or life-giving force; "water is the lifeblood of India"
force - a powerful effect or influence; "the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"

lifeblood

noun animating force, critical, life, heart, inspiration, guts (informal), essence, stimulus, driving force, vital spark Coal and steel were the region's lifeblood.
Translations

lifeblood

[ˈlaɪfblʌd] Nsangre f vital (fig) → alma f, sustento m

lifeblood

[ˈlaɪfblʌd] n (fig)élément m moteur

lifeblood

[ˈlaɪfˌblʌd] n (fig) → linfa vitale
References in classic literature ?
Once I felt the great weight of one of the monsters upon my back and as keen talons sank into my flesh I experienced the frightful sensation of moist lips sucking the lifeblood from the wounds to which the claws still clung.
It made me almost frantic in my desire to find some way to keep warm and cooling lifeblood in her veins.
Then they and the priestesses formed in two lines, with their little golden cups in readiness to capture a share of the victim's lifeblood after the sacrificial knife had accomplished its work.