Jaws of Life

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Jaws of Life

A trademark for a hydraulic tool consisting of a pincerlike metal device that is inserted into the body of a severely damaged vehicle and opened to provide access to people trapped inside.
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jaws of life

pl n
(Mechanical Engineering) (functioning as singular) powerful shears used for cutting a vehicle open after a collision
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Jaws′ of Life′

a heavy-duty tool that can cut through metal or pry apart sections of it: used esp. to free people trapped in wrecked vehicles.
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Noun1.Jaws of Life - hydraulic tool inserted into a wrecked vehicle and used to pry the wreckage apart in order to provide access to people trapped inside
tool - an implement used in the practice of a vocation
trademark - a formally registered symbol identifying the manufacturer or distributor of a product
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The officer said: "I think it might have been fire brigade that got him (the driver) out cutting with jaws of life, at which point they were triaging the casualties."
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She even takes to performing her grandmother's act, the Jaws of Life, in which she hangs from a rope by her teeth, calling herself "The Immortalist."
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