life preserver


Definition of life preserver

1 : a device (such as a life jacket or life buoy) designed to save a person from drowning by providing buoyancy in water
2 chiefly British : blackjack sense 2

Examples of life preserver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the cuts came with a life preserver — if the programs can raise enough donations and pledges to cover two years’ of operating costs, the board will consider reinstatement. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "UAA hockey supporters launch Save Seawolf Hockey fundraising campaign," 20 Oct. 2020 No life preserver was on the body, the agency said. Drew Broach | Staff Writer,, "Lacombe man drowned in boating accident, not wearing life preserver, authorities say," 9 Oct. 2020 The life preserver is now being looked at as a life raft with the futures of countless businesses and jobs tied the how quickly the pandemic can be brought under control and what society looks like when that happens. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s unemployment rate is poised to double in less than three weeks. Here’s what you need to know.," 30 Mar. 2020 Honor White was whispering the rosary, gripping each bead the way a drowning woman might a life preserver. Emma Donoghue, The Atlantic, "The Blood Tax," 12 May 2020 Lawmakers in both parties lined up behind the law to send checks to millions of Americans, boost unemployment benefits, help businesses and toss a life preserver to an overwhelmed health care system. Matt Sedensky, Kevin Mcgill And David Rising, Anchorage Daily News, "UK’s Johnson virus positive as new outbreaks appear in US," 28 Mar. 2020 Acting with exceptional resolve in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Taylor, Fortune, "Congress passes $2.2 trillion rescue package amid coronavirus pandemic," 27 Mar. 2020 Like adult PFDs, kids’ life preservers should fit snugly. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying Life Jackets for the Family," 9 Apr. 2020 The exhibit features his watch, and the life preserver that his 18-year-old wife wore. CBS News, "Titanic: The untold story," 9 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of life preserver

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Life preserver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of life preserver

chiefly US : a floating device that is designed to save you from drowning

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Kids Definition of life preserver

: a device (as a life jacket or life buoy) designed to save a person from drowning by keeping the person afloat

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