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lifeboat

[lahyf-boht] /ˈlaɪfˌboʊt/
noun
1.
a double-ended ship's boat, constructed, mounted, and provisioned so as to be readily able to rescue and maintain persons from a sinking vessel.
2.
a similarly constructed boat used by shore-based rescue services.
Origin of lifeboat
1795-1805
1795-1805; life + boat
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British Dictionary definitions for life-boat

lifeboat

/ˈlaɪfˌbəʊt/
noun
1.
a boat, propelled by oars or a motor, used for rescuing people at sea, escaping from a sinking ship, etc
2.
(informal) a fund set up by the dealers in a market to rescue any member who may become insolvent as a result of a collapse in market prices
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Word Origin and History for life-boat

also lifeboat, 1801 (the thing itself attested by 1785), from life (n.) + boat.

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Slang definitions & phrases for life-boat

lifeboat

noun

A pardon from a prison or other sentence; a retrial (1940s+ Underworld)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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