from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A buoyant device, usually in the shape of a ring, belt, or jacket, designed to keep a person afloat in the water.
- n. Chiefly British A weapon, such as a blackjack.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A buoyant ring or vest intended to keep a person afloat.
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I never expected that kind of beyond-the-call-of-duty effort, but I’m certain our new home ownership would have found me sinking, before I could even unload the cargo, if it were not for Carol’s life preserver of kindness.
A life preserver unfolded into a pale centipede, its hundreds of legs clicking along the deck.
“Guess how much that supposedly CPR-certified and exceptionally skilled life preserver makes an hour.”