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buddy system

(in swimming and scuba diving) the practice of pairing swimmers, each being responsible for the other's safety.
any arrangement whereby two or more persons, teams, etc., watch out for each other, as with mountain climbers.
Origin of buddy system
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Many were staying at nearby hotels and used the buddy system to get food and stand in line for badges for each other.
  • If you are traveling through or into an unpopulated area, use the buddy system.
  • Rely on the buddy system to get you through the night.
  • Someone has actually worked out the odds on this vampire buddy system.
  • Residents proposed a buddy system of evening patrols and telephone chains that could alert neighbors.
  • Encourage your children to use the buddy system and to watch out for each other.
  • Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
  • Create a buddy system for students with special needs.
  • Hikers should never hike alone-use the buddy system.
  • Snorkelers, divers, and swimmers should always use the buddy system.

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