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noun (pl) -lopies, -loppies
(informal) a dilapidated old car
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C20: of unknown origin
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  1. An old and battered car or airplane; heap: A jalopy is a model one step above a ''junker''
  2. Any car; any vehicle; buggy: Let them search every jalop on the road

[1924+; origin unknown; perhaps fr Jalapa, a Mexican city to which many US used cars were sent]

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