v. & n.
--v.tr. (rescues, rescued, rescuing)
1. (often foll. by from) save or set free or bring away from attack, custody, danger, or harm.
2 Law a unlawfully liberate (a person). b forcibly recover (property).
--n. the act or an instance of rescuing or being rescued; deliverance.
Phrases and idioms:
rescue bid Bridge a bid made to get one's partner out of a difficult situation.
rescuable adj. rescuer n.
Etymology: ME rescowe f. OF rescoure f. Rmc, formed as RE- + L excutere (as EX-(1), quatere shake)