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life preserver

noun
1.
a buoyant jacket, belt, or other like device for keeping a person afloat.
2.
British Slang. a weapon, especially a short stick with a weighted head; blackjack.
Origin of life preserver
1630-1640
1630-40
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  • Miss Pennington did not deign to answer, but she and her friend were soon struggling with the straps of a life preserver.

  • Has the man with the life preserver a right to exact such a payment?

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • Her life preserver, new and buoyant, floated her wellalmost too well.

  • Explain why a life preserver made of cork will enable a person to float.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Trengrouse moreover invented the cork jacket or "life preserver."

    Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould
  • She steadied the wheel with her knee and tightened her life preserver.

  • A life preserver was thrown to him, but on account of the heavy sea difficulty was encountered in launching a boat.

  • He was one of the two men who had trusted their chances to that life–preserver.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
  • A life preserver and a nailstudded bludgeon are stuck in his belt.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for life preserver

life preserver

noun
1.
(Brit) a club or bludgeon, esp one kept for self-defence
2.
(US & Canadian) a life belt or life jacket
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