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breeches buoy

Syllabification: breech·es bu·oy

Definition of breeches buoy in English:

noun

A lifebuoy with canvas breeches attached that, when suspended from a rope, can be used to transfer a person to safety from a ship.
Example sentences
  • Three of the crew were taken ashore by breeches buoy but the vessel then slid off the rocks.
  • The rescuers used breeches buoys and lifeboats to bring the crew and passengers to shore.
  • A sailor from the sinking ship would climb into the breeches buoy and be pulled to shore.

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