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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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British Dictionary definitions for handlebars

handlebars

/ˈhændəlˌbɑːz/
plural noun
1.
(sometimes sing) a metal tube having its ends curved to form handles, used for steering a bicycle, motorcycle, etc
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Word Origin and History for handlebars

handlebar

n.

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

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