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breeches buoy

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noun breech·es buoy \ˈbrē-chəz- also ˈbri-\

Definition of breeches buoy

  1. :  a canvas seat in the form of breeches hung from a life buoy running on a hawser and used to haul persons from one ship to another or from ship to shore especially in rescue operations



1880

First Known Use of breeches buoy

1880

Rhymes with breeches buoy


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