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[boht-lift] /ˈboʊtˌlɪft/
an operation in which large numbers of people or vast quantities of supplies are transported by ships or boats in an emergency.
Origin of boatlift
boat + lift, perhaps modeled on airlift Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The boatlift proposed by the applicant appears to be compatible with the uses located in this area.
  • It is stored next to a boatlift in a convenient and efficient place for use after boats are hauled.
  • All of the proposed slips will also include uncovered, low profile boatlift structures.

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