buddy system

noun

Definition of buddy system 

: an arrangement in which two individuals are paired (as for mutual safety in a hazardous situation)

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The buddy system is an excellent way to ensure no children are left alone. PEOPLE.com, "Headed to a Water Park This Summer? Here's What You Need to Know to Stay Safe," 28 June 2018 Is there a buddy system in place for swimming and other water activities? Evan Weiner Md, Philly.com, "Keeping kids safe at summer camp," 4 June 2018 When other elderly women are murdered, Bernard and a few of the other men suggest the single retirees start a buddy system and live together, at least for a while, for safety. Oline H. Cogdill, Philly.com, "'Other Side of Everything': Generations, a neighborhood on the skids, and festering hatreds," 26 Mar. 2018 Top three holiday survival tips ▪ Find a workout partner: Using the buddy system works wonders for staying consistent. Jason Wanlass, idahostatesman, "A feel-good gift: Great exercises to squeeze into your holiday schedule," 15 Dec. 2017 The boardroom buddy system was virtually unheard of five years ago, governance specialists say. Joann S. Lublin, WSJ, "Boards Try Buddy System to Get Newcomers Up to Speed," 18 Sep. 2017 Down in the depths, six-member crews practice exploring a new world, using such strategies as buddy systems, moving slowly and deliberately through a challenging environment, and carefully planning what to bring to keep themselves safe. Philip Toledano, National Geographic, "8 Amazing Places You Can Visit ‘Mars’ on Earth," 12 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of buddy system

1920, in the meaning defined above

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