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English definition of “lifeboat”

lifeboat

noun [C]     /ˈlaɪfbəʊt/
a small boat that is used to help people who are in danger at seaPassenger, cargo and military shipsBoats and sailing craft
(Definition of lifeboat noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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