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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Jaws′ of Life′*

  1. a heavy-duty tool that can cut through metal or pry apart sections of it: used esp. to free people trapped in wrecked vehicles.

    Category: Machinery, Trademark

* Trademark..

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jaws of Life(noun)

    hydraulic tool inserted into a wrecked vehicle and used to pry the wreckage apart in order to provide access to people trapped inside


  1. jaws of life(Noun)

    Emergency rescue equipment used to open a completely destroyed passenger vehicle, to quickly and somewhat safely extricate the trapped occupants.

  2. Origin: jaws+of+life. By analogy with an actual jaw and the fact that this mechanical device allows the possibility of preserving the life of the victim being rescued.


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