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sealift

[see-lift] /ˈsiˌlɪft/
noun
1.
a system for transporting persons or cargo by ship, especially in an emergency.
2.
the act of transporting such persons or cargo.
verb (used with object)
3.
to transport (persons or cargo) by sealift.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; sea + (air)lift
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