What does lifeblood mean?

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Noun
  1. Blood that is needed for continued life; blood regarded as the seat of life.
  2. (figuratively) That which is required for continued existence or function.
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What gives the series lifeblood is excellent writing, inspired acting and good characters.
Tonle Sap Lake is the lifeblood of Cambodia, providing the most important source of animal protein for its population.
Didn't matter though, as the charity's doors were closed because its lifeblood had been cut with the loss of its tax deductibility status.
Promoting juvenile talent is the lifeblood and future of any sporting club.
Roadside services on the A9 were banned in the 1970s to preserve the economic lifeblood of Highland villages.
This river is unlike the fire before, more focused, cool and steadily pulsing and mixing with her lifeblood and mending her core.

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