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life buoy

noun
1.
any of variously formed buoyant devices for supporting a person fallen into the water.
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  • If he had let go his life buoy and struck out at once he might have reached it.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • One of the sailors was in the act of throwing overboard a life buoy.

    Northern Travel Bayard Taylor
  • He seemed to cling to it as a drowning sailor clings to a life buoy.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
  • I fingered with an odd reluctance the little roll of bills he handed me, though it was like a life buoy to a drowning sailor.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • So, with that quick thought which was a part of her inheritance, she seized the life buoy, climbed the rail and leaped far out.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • They laid her out in the bottom of the boat, with the life buoy as a pillow, and pulled energetically for the schooner.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • He seized the moment when the Tortoise righted after her first plunge, grasped a life buoy and flung himself overboard.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • And lo: the life buoy—which saved itself and let distressed men perish.

    Plays--First Series August Strindberg
  • After guard, fire, and let go the life—buoy—lower away the quarter boats—jolly-boat also.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • In my former letter, directed to you as this letter will be, I desired you to get a life buoy as soon as you could.

British Dictionary definitions for life buoy

life buoy

noun
1.
any of various kinds of buoyant device for keeping people afloat in an emergency
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