buddy system


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

Examples of buddy system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both bureaus also have instituted a buddy system, requiring staff to work in groups or be accompanied by security guards. Gwozniac, oregonlive, 30 July 2023 And of course, people should have a buddy system right now. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 3 May 2023 During two years of COVID-19 lockdowns, organizers worked to keep the program going by bringing many volunteers online and into digital classrooms and also setting up a student-volunteer buddy system. Danna Harman, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2023 No buddy system? Olivia Truffaut-Wong, refinery29.com, 25 Apr. 2021 That’s where a culture buddy system is beneficial. Chris Dreyer, Rolling Stone, 26 Aug. 2022 But in a warming ocean, that buddy system may fall apart. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 6 July 2016 Create a buddy system where employees are held accountable to each other for mapping improvement plans, reporting on progress and evaluating the next steps. Stacey Hanke, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 Police recommend using a buddy system in social settings to prevent being separated, and for people to remain alert about their drink. Grace Gilson, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buddy system was in 1920

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“Buddy system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buddy%20system. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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