coast guard


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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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,, "In Vietnam, Discontent Lurks Under Surface of Economic Success," 19 June 2018 An Italian coast guard ship had already arrived in Valencia with 270 of the 630 total migrants that the Aquarius saved off Libyan shores over a week ago. NBC News, "Rescue ships dock in Spain as migrant debate roils Europe," 17 June 2018 To the east, Libya’s coast guard intercepted 152 migrants, including women and children, from two boats stopped in the Mediterranean off the coast of the western Zuwara district Saturday. Time, "Italy's New Populist Government Blocks Rescue Ship Carrying 600 Migrants From Docking," 10 June 2018 The Italian coast guard vessel Diciotti had arrived in the port of Trapani, in western Sicily, on Thursday, but the migrants were kept aboard for several hours. Washington Post, "Rescued migrants questioned in Sicily about alleged threats," 13 July 2018 An Italian coast guard vessel brought back 67 migrants Thursday night to Trapani, in western Sicily. Fox News, "The Latest: Italy demands Malta rescue 450 migrants at sea," 13 July 2018 The sheriff's office, police department, and coast guard will also be patrolling the Lake Michigan waters. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hoan Bridge and other lanes to be closed ahead of Milwaukee's July 3 fireworks display," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of coast guard

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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