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water wings

noun, (used with a plural verb)
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
1900-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In this manner the three swimmers towed to shore those who had ventured too far on the water-wings.

    Dorothy Dale's Great Secret Margaret Penrose
  • These water-wings take up no more room than a pocket-handkerchief.

    The Bradys After a Chinese Princess Francis Worcester Doughty
  • Screepers, Riggy, what do you think the perfectly good pair of water-wings in your case is for?

    The Trap Betsy Curtis
  • You didn't see any water-wings or life-preservers floating around, did you?

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for water-wings

water wings

plural noun
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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