coast|guard [ˈkəustga:d US ˈkoustga:rd] n
1.) the Coastguard [also + plural verb British English]
the organization that helps swimmers and ships that are in danger and helps to prevent illegal activities around the coast
the Coastguard station at Stornoway
Contact the Coastguard immediately if you see a boat in trouble.
2.) BrE
a member of this organization

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