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.


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buddy system

a cooperative practice of pairing two or more people together for mutual assistance or safety (especially in recreational swimming) 
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Example sentences
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.
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