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life preserver

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noun
  1. a buoyant jacket, belt, or other like device for keeping a person afloat.
  2. British Slang. a weapon, especially a short stick with a weighted head; blackjack.
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Origin of life preserver

First recorded in 1630–40
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for life preserver

buoy, lifeline

Examples from the Web for life preserver

Historical Examples of life preserver

  • He'd have had to sleep with a life-preserver on if he stayed here.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • If that critter fell overboard I wouldn't heave him no life-preserver.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Rectus told me to put on my life-preserver, and he helped me fasten it.

    A Jolly Fellowship

    Frank R. Stockton

  • On went the ship, and on went the life-preserver, skipping and dancing over the waves.

    A Jolly Fellowship

    Frank R. Stockton

  • They let out lots of line, but still the life-preserver was towed away.

    A Jolly Fellowship

    Frank R. Stockton


British Dictionary definitions for life preserver

life preserver

noun
  1. British a club or bludgeon, esp one kept for self-defence
  2. US and Canadian a life belt or life jacket
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