water wings

noun
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:
1900–10

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water wings
 
pl n
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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Example sentences
But because her movies were wildly popular, the studio seldom gave her a chance
  to stretch her water wings.
No water wings or other personal flotation devices may be brought into the pool.
Inner tubes, air mattresses and water wings are not allowed.
No water wings or other floatation devices permitted.
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