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rumble seat

Also called, British, dickey. a seat recessed into the back of a coupe or roadster, covered by a hinged lid that opens to form the back of the seat when in use.
Furniture. wagon seat.
Slang. the buttocks.
Origin of rumble seat
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Welcome, on account of his wooden leg and the necessity of having plenty of room, had been given the rumble-seat.

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
  • "There will be my machinist in the rumble-seat," replied Morton, blushing furiously.

    The Last Woman Ross Beeckman
  • The vehicle had the usual two seats in front and a rumble-seat behind—places for three, but there were four piled aboard.

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
  • In the rumble behind, lying partly over the rumble-seat, was a dust-coat.

British Dictionary definitions for rumble-seat

rumble seat

(US & Canadian) a folding outside seat at the rear of some early cars; dicky
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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