life buoy

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noun

any of variously formed buoyant devices for supporting a person fallen into the water.

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Examples from the Web for life buoy

Historical Examples of life buoy

  • If a man falls overboard he knows then where to look out for the life-buoy.

  • I'd no more rob him of it than I'd snatch a life-buoy from a drowning man.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • The life-boat was launched, and the life-buoy was cut adrift.

    Gathering Jewels

    James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles

  • “They must have got hold of the life-buoy, they must have got hold of the life-buoy,” was the cry.

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • He looked, and sprang for a life-buoy, which he slipped over Florrie's head.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson



British Dictionary definitions for life buoy

life buoy

noun

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