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life buoy

any of variously formed buoyant devices for supporting a person fallen into the water. Unabridged
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  • He had caught the life-buoy, and having managed to get it under his arms had floated about for the greater part of an hour.

  • The life-buoy hampered me in swimming, and I missed the rudder by an inch.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • For that matter, it is easy to convince ourselves that the egg combines with the function of a life-buoy that of the first ration.

  • We were not without means of support, for as Jerry fell the life-buoy had been let go.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Neither he nor the life-buoy, however, could be discovered before the night closed.

  • I saw that the best thing I could do was to tow the life-buoy up to him.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • If a man wants to make a voyage agross the ocean he embargs in a ship, not on a life-buoy.

    The Log of the Flying Fish Harry Collingwood
  • These were the first words I spoke after we had got hold of the life-buoy.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • And it shall also be the duty of every other competitor to protest against a boat without a life-buoy.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • If he was clinging to the life-buoy he might be all right, but where that was, was the question.

    Sunshine Bill W H G Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for life-buoy

life buoy

any of various kinds of buoyant device for keeping people afloat in an emergency
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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