buddy-system

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:
1940–45

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buddy system

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