1. a means, contrivance, or receptacle for preventing loss or waste.
  2. Older Use. overalls(def 3).
  3. Nautical.
    1. a net secured between a pier and a ship, beneath cargo being transferred from one to the other.
    2. a sail for utilizing wind spilled from the regular sails of a vessel: used in very light winds.

Origin of save-all

First recorded in 1635–45; noun use of verb phrase save all Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for save-all


  1. a device to prevent waste or loss
  2. nautical
    1. a net used while loading a ship
    2. a light sail set to catch wind spilling from another sail
  3. dialect overalls or a pinafore
  4. British a dialect word for miser 1
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