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water wings

noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
an inflatable contrivance shaped like a pair of wings, usually worn under the arms to keep the body afloat while one swims or learns to swim.
Origin of water wings
1900-1910
1900-10
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  • She looked like a Kewpie in her abbreviated bathing suit, with water wings fastened to her back.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • What I needed more than a tin derby was a pair of water wings.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!" Edward Streeter
  • It seems unreasonable to give an animal that lives in the water wings, which seemingly can be of no use to it.

    The Pathfinder James Fenimore Cooper
  • This is sometimes accomplished by the use of a swimming raft or water wings.

British Dictionary definitions for water wings

water wings

plural noun
1.
an inflatable rubber device shaped like a pair of wings, which is placed round the front of the body and under the arms of a person learning to swim
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