life-guard

lifeguard

[lahyf-gahrd]
noun
1.
an expert swimmer employed, as at a beach or pool, to protect bathers from drowning or other accidents and dangers.
verb (used without object)
2.
to work as a lifeguard.

Origin:
1640–50; life + guard

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lifeguard (ˈlaɪfˌɡɑːd)
 
n
Also called: life-saver a person present at a beach or pool to guard people against the risk of drowning

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lifeguard
1648, "bodyguard of soldiers," from Ger. leibgarde. Sense of "person paid to watch over bathers" is from 1896.
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