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.
A pneumatic, pincerlike tool that is inserted into the body of a wrecked vehicle to pry sections of it apart: used esp. to free people trapped inside.
(plural only) Emergency rescueequipment used to open a completely destroyed passenger vehicle, to quickly and somewhat safely extricate the trapped occupants.
For the most terrible of car accidents, jaws of life have to be used to extricate the injured.
Origin of jaws-of-life
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.
Jaws-of-life Sentence Examples
Bollea and his passenger had to be removed from the car using the Jaws of Life.
Preliminary reports state the Morgan Freeman was conscious, lucid and even cracked a few jokes with the rescue team despite the fact that they had to use the Jaws of Life to pry the 71-year-old actor from the car.
Using the jaws of life in the wrong place could be deadly.