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life preserver

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noun
a buoyant jacket, belt, or other like device for keeping a person afloat.
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
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British Dictionary definitions for life preserver

life preserver

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