Mae-west meaning

mā wĕst
An inflatable life jacket for use as by aviators downed at sea.
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An inflatable, vestlike life preserver.
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See MAE, NAP and IXP.
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Nickname for a type of life jacket used by Allied forces in World War II having an inflatable rubber bag on the chest of the wearer.
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Origin of mae-west

  • After Mae West the appearance of the inflated vest being humorously compared to the actress's large bust

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Named after the actress and sex symbol Mae West, who was well known during the war. The inflatable front was taken to be like her busty figure.

    From Wiktionary