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life preserver

a buoyant jacket, belt, or other like device for keeping a person afloat.
British Slang. a weapon, especially a short stick with a weighted head; blackjack.
Origin of life preserver
1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • life preserver means a flotation device used by an aircraft occupant if the aircraft ditches in water.
  • And if possible, throw a life preserver or floatation device.
  • Keep lifesaving equipment, such as a pole, life preserver and rope in the pool area.
  • Accompanying the remains were portions of a pilot's flight suit and a pneumatic life preserver.
  • He discovered two boaters clinging to one life preserver.
  • Make sure everyone in the boat has a life preserver.
British Dictionary definitions for life preserver

life preserver

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