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Mae West

 (mā′ wĕst′)
n. Slang
An inflatable, vestlike life preserver.

[After Mae Westthe appearance of the inflated vest being humorously compared to the actress's large bust .]
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mae west

(meɪ)
n
(Clothing & Fashion) slang an inflatable life jacket, esp as issued to the US armed forces for emergency use
[C20: after Mae West, 1892–1980, American actress, renowned for her generous bust]
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Mae′ West′


n.
an inflatable life jacket used esp. during World War II.
[1935–40; after Mae West, full-bosomed U.S. comic actress]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mae West - United States film actress (1892-1980)Mae West - United States film actress (1892-1980)
2.Mae West - an inflatable life jacketMae West - an inflatable life jacket    
cork jacket, life jacket, life vest - life preserver consisting of a sleeveless jacket of buoyant or inflatable design
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Translations

Mae West

[ˈmeɪˈwest] N (Aer) (hum) → chaleco m salvavidas
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mae west

n (hum)Schwimmweste f
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A crew could rehearse the drill for taking up positions in the aircraft bracing for the impact and they could practice launching and climbing into dinghies and inflating their Mae Wests in local swimming pools, but when a pilot set an aircraft down on the water survival became an improvised affair.
When the men started dropping into the water, they realized that the equipment some of them were wearing was too heavy for their Mae Wests to support.
New York, NY, July 20, 2016 --(PR.com)-- Born in Brooklyn, NY on August 17, 1893, MAE WEST began performing at age 6.
About ther speaker: Greenwich Villager LindaAnn Loschiavo, a historian and dramatist, drew inspiration from trials at Jefferson Market Court for her play "Courting Mae West." Her latest projects are a documentary film, "In the Footsteps of Texas Guinan," and a new biography on the queen of the night clubs, who lived at 72 Washington Square South and 17 West 8th Street until her death in 1933.
New York, NY, July 29, 2015 --(PR.com)-- During the 1920s, when Mae West was trying to build her career, the building all dramatists and actresses tried to avoid——Jefferson Market Court at 425 Sixth Avenue—— was the very site that made a little-known performer world famous.
• • When Mae West [1893-1980] and Texas Guinan [1884-1933] weren't being chased by the purity police, they found time to enjoy the speakeasies, bookshops, restaurants, night spots, and theatres in Greenwich Village.
And it was Banton who had Mae West arrested and hauled in to Jefferson Market Police Court in a paddy wagon; the actress-writer also did time in Jefferson Jail.
When Eugene O'Neill and Mae West weren't being chastened by the purity police, they found time to enjoy the speakeasies, bookshops, restaurants, and theatres in Greenwich Village.
New York, NY, September 27, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Join us on Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013 when a house of history lifts its petticoats, permitting Mae West to face her fans and accusers during an extraordinary reenactment.
Staying faithful to the gritty themes in the novel by Mae West, LindaAnn Loschiavo trimmed the work to 85 minutes for a cast of eight.
New York, NY, August 07, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Mae West was the controversial Broadway playwright City Hall couldn't tame and the screen queen The Hays Office couldn't refrain from censoring, a bi-coastal bombshell who dominated the box office and the front page for decades.
New York, NY, July 31, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Originally staged on Broadway in 1928, “Diamond Lil” written by and starring Mae West remained popular onstage until its final performances in 1951.