life preserver

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  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.

Origin of life preserver

First recorded in 1630–40

Words Nearby life preserver Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use life preserver in a sentence

  • Gee, if you had to make fifty-seven beds with a life preserver on, you'd know what it is to be tired!

    Tom Slade with the Colors | Percy K. Fitzhugh

British Dictionary definitions for life preserver

life preserver

  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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