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life belt

a beltlike life preserver.
Origin of life belt
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Only here and there was there a soldier who did not have his life belt on.

  • He had no parachute and no life belt or Mae West suit to float him.

  • I got hold of a life belt and buckled it around him, and kept his courage up as well as I could.

  • But meantime I was pulling off my sweater and fastening on a life belt.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • I then drifted about in the life belt for an hour or two longer and saw smoke on the horizon.

    Lest We Forget John Gilbert Thompson
  • Catch a man without a life belt and he can be pretty sure he'll be up for court-martial when he gets back to port.

  • They had come to put bombs in the ship, so I jumped overboard from the poop with a life belt on.

    Lest We Forget John Gilbert Thompson
  • At most, in her extremity, it will do for her what a life belt does for a lone figure in a deserted ocean.

    Raemaekers' Cartoons Louis Raemaekers
  • With fingers of tenderness he untied the life belt tapes, then let her sink gently into the waves.

  • Ralph, however, put one hand upon Percy's life belt, and struck out for shore; but he felt that it was hopeless.

British Dictionary definitions for life belt

life belt

a ring filled with buoyant material or air, used to keep a person afloat when in danger of drowning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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