Definition of Jaws of Life in English:

Jaws of Life

Pronunciation /jôz əv/ /dʒɔz əv/ /ə līf/ /ə laɪf/


Trademark ; North American
  • A hydraulic apparatus used to pry apart the wreckage of crashed vehicles in order to free people trapped inside.

    ‘West Vancouver Fire and Rescue firefighters used the Jaws of Life to cut the dump truck driver out of the cab in about 10 minutes.’
    • ‘Firemen, using the Jaws of Life, were required to cut the injured man from the wreckage of his car.’
    • ‘During emergencies, when a few wasted seconds can cost lives, the Jaws of Life are brought in to remove victims from the crashed vehicle.’
    • ‘Although the two children were not trapped, Leavitt said, because of the nature of the crash, AES workers used the Jaws of Life to open the vehicle in order to extricate them.’
    • ‘The car was still at the scene, all bent up because the paramedics had to use the Jaws of Life to get my father out.’