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handlebar

[han-dl-bahr] /ˈhæn dlˌbɑr/
noun
1.
Usually, handlebars.
  1. the curved steering bar of a bicycle, motorcycle, etc., placed in front of the rider and gripped by the hands.
  2. handlebar moustache.
2.
a bar or rod, usually of metal and having a handle at one end, used for handling, guiding, or maneuvering some object.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; handle + bar1
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  • Plastic handlebar tape is petroleum-based, but there is an environmentally friendly option.
  • Our waiter fit the stereotype-handlebar moustache, long white apron wrapped around a portly waist-and apparently so did we.
  • The mirrors are blacked out and mounted below the handlebar, while the license plate is side-mounted.
  • It also provides a handlebar bag to hold your supplies, such as sunscreen, wallet and camera.
  • His hair and handlebar moustache were steel gray, and his eyes astonishingly blue.
  • The mayor had a handlebar moustache and a wide, brutal face, which was wreathed in cigarette smoke.
  • The agency said a clamp that stabilizes the handlebar can crack, allowing the unit to move.
  • The clamp could crack and loosen, allowing the handlebar to move and potentially cause a rider to crash.
  • And to show off the bendy flexibility of the material, it is also curved into a fetching drop-handlebar design.
  • Thanks to your heated handlebar grips, though, you hands and fingers remain soft and warm.
Word Origin and History for handlebar
n.

also handle-bar, 1867 in reference to bicycles, from handle (n.) + bar (n.1). Of mustaches, first recorded 1933.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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