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a maritime force which aids shipping, saves lives at sea, prevents smuggling, etc
Also called coastguardsman. a member of such a force
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  • A week later the swallows fell to stringing themselves like beads along the coastguard's telephone-wire on the hill.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He will get into trouble one of these days with the coastguard people, I tell him.

  • The faint hope that it might prove to be a coastguard was soon dispelled.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • She wondered if it was her duty to tell the coastguard all that she and Alan suspected.

  • "You are right there, miss," said one of the coastguard men.

    Girls New and Old L. T. Meade
  • Here the men of the coastguard had set up the rocket apparatus.

    The Thorogood Family R.M. Ballantyne
  • "I'm not missing anything else, though," replied the coastguard.

    New Treasure Seekers E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • But these bold men of the coastguard are not often or easily foiled.

    The Coxswain's Bride R.M. Ballantyne
  • Plunder, wholesale plunder, appeared to be the order of the day, in spite of contingents of coastguard men.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • This engine, however, is in the hands of Government, and is managed by the coastguard.

    Battles with the Sea R.M. Ballantyne

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