Etymology
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Mae West

type of inflatable life jacket, 1940, military slang, in reference to the screen name of the buxom U.S. film star (1892-1980).

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Definitions of Mae West

Mae West (n.)
an inflatable life jacket;
Synonyms: air jacket
Mae West (n.)
United States film actress (1892-1980);
Synonyms: West
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