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An unofficial system of transporting supplies and people, especially refugees, from one country to another by boats.

boat′lift′ v.


an evacuation or rescue by boat


1. the act or process of transporting persons or cargo by ships or boats.
2. to transport by boatlift.
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Budding engineers have been challenged to use their skills to design an innovative new boatlift for a canal in Somerset.
The Mariel boatlift was a one-time occurrence more than a quarter of a century ago (1980), and it brought about 125,000 people.
One of the best "gotchas" ever pulled by one ruler on another was the Mariel boatlift during Carter's term.
Alvaro Guichard said the accuser, a Cuban who came to Miami during the 1980 Mariel boatlift, made "defamatory lies" at a news conference two years ago in his lawyer's office.
trade embargo, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Mariel boatlift, the Elian Gonzalez saga--is it possible that all of it could have been avoided if FDR had simply tucked a ten-spot into an envelope and mailed it off to the Colegio de Dolores in Santiago?
An alien whose immigration parole as part of the Mariel boatlift had been revoked for criminal convictions, brought a writ of habeas corpus to challenge his indefinite detention pending removal.
THIS remarkable and elegant mechanical marvel is the only rotating boatlift in the world.
interests, skirting for example another exodus like the 1980 Mariel boatlift or the 1994 influx of Cuban rafters.
He was eventually coerced into repudiating his beliefs and then allowed to leave Cuba in the 1980 Mariel boatlift.
They were, therefore, distinct from those who arrived in during the Mariel Boatlift of 1980 when Fidel Castro allowed almost 125,000 people to leave Cuba and took advantage of the situation to rid the country of undesirable people.
To Clinton, the 1980 Mariel boatlift will always be the Mariel disaster.
She started her career in Miami where she covered such events as the Mariel boatlift, the Sandinista/Contra war in Central America, the 1980 race riots and the overthrow of Duvalier.