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[bob-sled] /ˈbɒbˌslɛd/
a sled having two pairs of runners, a brake, and a steering wheel or other mechanism that enables the front rider to direct the sled down a steeply banked run or chute.
a sled formed of two short sleds coupled one behind the other.
either of the sleds thus coupled.
verb (used without object), bobsledded, bobsledding.
to ride on a bobsled.
Origin of bobsled
1830-40, Americanism; bob2 + sled
Related forms
bobsledder, noun Unabridged
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  • The party of young people with the bobsled was very merry indeed just as soon as they got out of hearing of the Lodge.

  • Any boy who can drive a nail and bore a hole can have a bobsled on short notice.

  • The collision changed the direction of the bobsled, and by the merest fraction it escaped striking a tree.

  • They found Bert and Charlie busy making a bobsled in the back yard.

  • She hit the ice like a bobsled and, dropping on hind legs and tail, came sliding straight on.

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Word Origin and History for bobsled

1839, from bob (n.2) + sled (n.). So called because it is a short type.

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