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emergency brake

Also called parking brake. a special brake used to prevent a motor vehicle from rolling after it has stopped or been parked.
Compare brake1 (def 1).
any brake meant to stop a vehicle in an emergency.
Origin of emergency brake
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In a flash he was up, cutting off the power and bearing down on the emergency-brake.

    Motor Matt's Clue Stanley R. Matthews
  • He saw the danger, and with his hand upon the emergency-brake he threw his weight upon the wheel.

    The Spell William Dana Orcutt

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