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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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  • Then, with power thrown off and the hand-brake set, it rolled out on the bridge.

    The Rover Boys in Business Arthur M. Winfield
  • They were so packed in that he could scarcely reach gear lever and hand-brake.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • A hand-brake, and commonly a separate electro-magnetic brake, are provided.

  • Luckily I was sitting on the brake side, and reaching out of the tonneau, I seized the lever of the hand-brake and jammed it on.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • Again I hung out, and gently but firmly put on the hand-brake, steadying the car.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • Dave leaned forward, to jam on the hand-brake, but his uncle was ahead of him in the action.

    Dave Porter and the Runaways Edward Stratemeyer
  • The carriage was an open one with two double seats, and in front a single one for a messenger; it had also a hand-brake attached.

    The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete General Philip Henry Sheridan
  • He gave a savage twitch to the hand-brake, let in his clutch, and in a moment or two the car ran forward.

    Married Life May Edginton
  • As a matter of fact, when we began the descent I found that the hand-brake wouldn't act, and knew the chains had gone wrong.

    My Friend the Chauffeur C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • I climb upon the upright ironwork of the platform and stand upon the wheel of the hand-brake.

    The Road Jack London

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