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breech'es bu"oy

a rescue device consisting of a life buoy from which is suspended a canvas sling, similar in form to a pair of breeches, in which shipwrecked or disabled persons are hauled from a vessel to the shore or to another vessel by means of a rope and pulley between them.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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