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flivver

[fliv-er] /ˈflɪv ər/
noun
1.
Older Slang. an automobile, especially one that is small, inexpensive, and old.
2.
Slang. something of unsatisfactory quality or inferior grade.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism; origin uncertain
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  • The new models are a radical departure from the familiar flivver.
  • Wardens began using the family flivver for work and were reimbursed for the expense of travel.
British Dictionary definitions for flivver

flivver

/ˈflɪvə/
noun
1.
an old, cheap, or battered car
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for flivver
n.

"cheap car," especially "Model-T Ford," 1910, of unknown origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for flivver

flivver

noun
  1. A failure (1914+)
  2. A Model T Ford car (1914+)
  3. Any car, airplane, or other vehicle, esp a small or cheap one (1920s+)
verb

To fail; flop: If the production flivvers, I'll need that thirty cents (1910+ Show business)

[origin unknown]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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