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hand brake

a brake operated by a hand lever.
Compare caliper (def 6).
(in an automobile) an emergency or parking brake operated by a hand lever.
Origin of hand brake
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The device also has a hand brake, for maneuvering around obstacles.
  • The hand brake is easier to manipulate than the foot brake.
  • The pressure in the service line is controlled by the brake pedal and the trailer hand brake.
  • Each hand brake shall be so located that it can be safely operated while car is in motion.
  • If the vehicle must be left unattended, leave it in gear and use the hand brake and chocks.
  • Do not use the trailer hand brake to straighten out the rig.
  • Unit movement is controlled by the use of a hand brake system.
  • In the absence of a dual control brake, the vehicle shall have a hand brake that is readily accessible to the instructor.
  • While you're on the hill, test out the hand brake to make sure that it holds the car.
  • Do not operate a hand brake from a location that requires excessive reaching or leaning.

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