[lahyf-boht] /ˈlaɪfˌboʊt/

a double-ended ship’s , constructed, mounted, and provisioned so as to be readily able to rescue and maintain persons from a sinking vessel.
a similarly constructed used by shore-based rescue services.
a boat, propelled by oars or a motor, used for rescuing people at sea, escaping from a sinking ship, etc
(informal) a fund set up by the dealers in a market to rescue any member who may become insolvent as a result of a collapse in market prices

also lifeboat, 1801 (the thing itself attested by 1785), from life (n.) + boat.


A pardon from a prison or other sentence; a retrial (1940s+ Underworld)


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