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boat people

pl.n.
Refugees, usually political ones, who attempt to flee from their native country to other countries by boat.
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boat people

pl n
refugees, esp from Vietnam in the late 1970s, who leave by boat hoping to be picked up by ships of another country
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boat′ peo`ple


n.pl.
refugees who have fled a country by boat, usu. without sufficient provisions.
[1975–80]
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boat people

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Born in Parkgate in 1912, Fred later became a boat man at Hoylake Sailing Club and joined the lifeboat crew in 1932, becoming assistant mechanic in 1939.
Upon arrival at the tomb, the tourists asked the boat man to leave them there for a while and pick them up later.
Subsequently, Ashok, his other associate Veeru and a boat man were arrested.
Ray Fothergill was the top boat man and the winning club was the Alan Carr Fishing Friends from Gateshead - winning the Seaham Town Council Cup with an average weight of 6lb 8oz per angler..
The outcome was that Krulak became the Corps' "boat man." Krulak tested and suggested improvements to Donald Roebling's Alligator, which had tracks enabling it to negotiate coral reefs, and which became known as the Amtrac.
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A merciful journey: recollections of a World War II petrol boat man. Carlton: Miegunyah Press/MUP, 2005.
Rick Bartow's "Fur La Pena" (far left) and "Boat Man With Destination" (left) are two of the exuberant works that have earned him a following in the art world.