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buddy system

noun
1.
(in swimming and scuba diving) the practice of pairing swimmers, each being responsible for the other's safety.
2.
any arrangement whereby two or more persons, teams, etc., watch out for each other, as with mountain climbers.
Origin of buddy system
1940-1945
1940-45
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