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lifeguard

[lahyf-gahrd] /ˈlaɪfˌgɑrd/
noun
1.
an expert swimmer employed, as at a beach or pool, to protect bathers from drowning or other accidents and dangers.
verb (used without object)
2.
to work as a lifeguard.
Origin of lifeguard
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; life + guard
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lifeguard

/ˈlaɪfˌɡɑːd/
noun
1.
a person present at a beach or pool to guard people against the risk of drowning Also called life-saver
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Word Origin and History for lifeguard
n.

also life-guard, 1640s, "bodyguard of soldiers," from life (n.) + guard (n.), translating German leibgarde. Sense of "person paid to watch over bathers" is by 1896.

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