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running gear

noun
1.
the working components of a motor-driven or steam-driven vehicle other than those used to develop or transmit power, as wheels, axles or springs, as distinguished from the body.
Origin of running gear
1655-1665
1655-65, Americanism
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  • Part of the mangled remains was carried into the running gear of the baggage car.

  • Every bit of rigging and running gear was strained to its maximum limit.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • Needless to say, she was not upside down, nor was she damaged in any way, though she was completely stripped of all running gear.

    A Labrador Doctor Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • A rack, equally old and dilapidated, had been set on the running gear.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • Of course, all canvas and running gear had rotted away, but here and there was a leg of standing rigging, preserved by the tar.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • They are for running gear and frames; poplar for tops and bodies.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • I'd say Masters is playing safe keeping him from messing up the running gear while we're discharging.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • We recovered the running gear of the wagon later when all came upon a sandbar, but the harness had been stolen.

  • Their teeth, I should judge, they had cut on the ends of her running gear.

    Falk Joseph Conrad

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