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life belt

a beltlike life preserver.
Origin of life belt
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He had no parachute and no life belt or Mae West suit to float him.

  • But meantime I was pulling off my sweater and fastening on a life belt.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • Only here and there was there a soldier who did not have his life belt on.

  • With fingers of tenderness he untied the life belt tapes, then let her sink gently into the waves.

  • He was supported by a life belt carelessly strapped around him.

  • I got hold of a life belt and buckled it around him, and kept his courage up as well as I could.

  • He obeyed the order to fly absolutely at once, getting into his life belt and taking up his station without another stitch on.

  • Catch a man without a life belt and he can be pretty sure he'll be up for court-martial when he gets back to port.

  • I swam toward him and found that he had a life belt on, but was about paralyzed with cold and fear.

    Lest We Forget John Gilbert Thompson
  • I then drifted about in the life belt for an hour or two longer and saw smoke on the horizon.

    Lest We Forget John Gilbert Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for life belt

life belt

a ring filled with buoyant material or air, used to keep a person afloat when in danger of drowning
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