coast guard

noun

Definition of coast guard 

1 : a military or naval force employed in guarding a coast or responsible for the safety, order, and operation of maritime traffic in neighboring waters

2 usually coastguard , chiefly British : coastguardsman

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Libya’s security situation remains unstable, but Europe has funded and trained the Libyan coast guard to catch and take back migrants who attempt to leave in dinghies and small boats. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Immigration Debate Takes on New Urgency as EU Leaders Meet," 27 June 2018 Under Italy's new hard-line, anti-migrant interior minister Matteo Salvini, Italy is seeking to have Libya's coast guard rescue migrants and take them back. Fox News, "The Latest: Germany presents more restrictive migration plan," 10 July 2018 Dozens of others were rescued by the Tunisian coast guard, which also recovered the 48 bodies, the country's interior ministry said in a statement. Sarah El Sirgany And Judith Vonberg, CNN, "At least 48 people dead after migrant boat sinks off Tunisian coast," 4 June 2018 Along with the coast guard who pulled me out of the water, along with the back doctor who gave me the ability to walk and run and stand. Fox News, "Former Senate aide James Wolfe arrested for lying to FBI," 9 June 2018 Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said 54,000 police officers, firefighters, and members of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and coast guard had been mobilized in the rescue effort, Kyodo reported. Simon Denyer, BostonGlobe.com, "At least 85 dead, many missing as ‘historic’ rains pound Japan," 8 July 2018 More broadly, both coast guards and environmental groups believe that maritime drones will make the dispatching of manned patrols far more targeted and cost-effective. The Economist, "Avast, me hearties," 5 July 2018 Italy's hard-line interior minister refused Thursday to let 67 migrants disembark from an Italian coast guard ship until an investigation determines whether any of them had violently threatened their rescuers to prevent being returned to Libya. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Italy forces new standoff, refuses to let migrants disembark," 12 July 2018 The move led to deadly anti-China protests in Vietnam and clashes at sea between coast guard boats. John Boudreau, Bloomberg.com, "In Vietnam, Discontent Lurks Under Surface of Economic Success," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of coast guard

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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coast guard

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: a military force that guards a coast and helps people on boats and ships that are in trouble

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