Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a raft-like construction designed to save life in case of shipwreck. That in most general use is composed of two water-tight cylinders of wood or metal, or of inflated india-rubber, connected by a wooden framework, and furnished with appliances for rowing and steering.
“Deploying once again the tired and false charge of “moral equivalence” — a term that has done quite a bit of work over the years as a life-raft for sinking conservative foreign policy arguments — Krauthammer writes:”
“For who can resist the gallantry of David Hart Dyke staying aboard the tilting hull of HMS Coventry, or Noel Coward and what remains of his crew clinging to their life-raft in In Which We Serve, and Coward commanding, as his destroyer finally goes down: "Three cheers for the ship!”
“The book as a solitary life-raft adrift and apart from the clamor of modern life...”
“Meanwhile, Hearst is working on its own reader, the Skiff (a name that has occasioned the predictable life-raft jokes).”
“At one point, he saw a life-raft with six or seven people hanging on to the outside, and man on a stretcher inside.”
“ Linette was a life-raft for me, because she understood me, but I had the feeling that she was somewhat understood by many — or at least, she moved more freely than I through the school, less concerned over how well others read her.”
“Like those hacks, described in Jerry Della Femina's book, who make a career from one good contact, Rumsen gets back on board the good ship SCDP clutching a life-raft in the shape of of an account with Pond's.”
“Throughout the negotiations here, the world's low-lying island states have clung to the real ideas as a life-raft, because they are the only way to save their countries from a swelling sea.”
“Always disheartening to see people elbowing for room on the life-raft rather than working together to save the ship.”
“One of the most Right Wing, moralistic, conservative Christian guys I know told me that if we were both in a life-raft out of food he would kill and eat me.”
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