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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An apparatus, made in very various forms, and of various materials, for saving one from drowning by buoying up the body while in the water.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apparatus of various forms, as a buoyant jacket or belt, or a complete dress, designed for the preservation of the lives of persons who, from shipwreck or other cause, are compelled to trust themselves to the water.
  • n. A weapon, as a pistol, or specifically a short stick with a loaded head, used for defense against assailants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rescue equipment consisting of a buoyant belt or jacket to keep a person from drowning


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  • My next memory involves being at the bottom of a Costa Rican river wondering which direction was up and holding my breath while I waited for my life-preserver to sort things out—which it did.

    A Year Without Fear

  • Americans are drowning, and republicans quibble about what color life-preserver we should toss them.

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  • I met that aged sailorman glad-eyed and beaming, with all the simulated relief at deliverance that a drowning man would display on finding a life-preserver in his last despairing clutch.


  • I gasped with the anguish and shock of it, filling my lungs before the life-preserver popped me to the surface.

    Chapter 1

  • But when I gave him every particular that had occurred, he tried to bluster and took down a life-preserver from the wall.

    Sole Music

  • Rose Kohler wrote about the importance of Jewish education in Religious School Work and stated there are those who feel “religious faith is like a life-preserver in time of trouble, and in times of health and peace is laid quietly on the shelf.”

    Rose Kohler.

  • Mark Thoma writes, if someone without a life-preserver who is struggling in the water grabs someone who is wearing one, and in the process takes them both down, that doesn't mean that the life-preserver failed to do its job.

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  • After that we tried going out on the lake in the paddleboats they have at the zoo, but it was just too hot, particularly with the life-preserver around our necks.

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • It grabbed onto his as if it was a life-preserver.

    Jason Stoddard, Strange and Happy » Blog Archive » Eternal Franchise, 18.1 of 31.1

  • Their list of humor enhancements comes off as a good life-preserver for a bi-polar manic-depressive sociopath to use as they cling to some shred of a reason for living.

    Buzzine » Comedy By the Numbers


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