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life car

a watertight container used in marine rescue operations, suspended from a hawser and hauled back and forth between a stranded or wrecked vessel and the shore.
Also called ark, safety car.
Origin of life car
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • During the interim of waiting, the life–car was also brought from the station.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
  • We will put on the life–car soon as we get some of the crew ashore.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
  • The life–car was shaped like a boat, made of galvanized sheet iron.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
  • There were three more brought ashore by the buoy, and then the keeper ordered the life–car forward.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand

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