breeches buoy

noun
breech·​es buoy | \ ˈbrē-chəz- How to pronounce breeches buoy (audio) also ˈbri- \

Definition of breeches buoy

: 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

First Known Use of breeches buoy

1878, in the meaning defined above

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“Breeches buoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breeches%20buoy. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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