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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
1630-1640
1630-40
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British Dictionary definitions for life pre-server

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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