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running board

a small ledge, step, or footboard, formerly beneath the doors of an automobile, to assist passengers entering or leaving the car.
Origin of running board
1810-20, in sense “platform from which a large pole boat is poled,” Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Spike gasped and sat down weakly upon the running-board of a car, and the Old Un stole a furtive peep at him.

    The Definite Object Jeffery Farnol
  • Lashed to the running-board was an extra tire, fully inflated.

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • She stepped up on the running-board of the car and laid her hand on the interpreter's arm.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • She sat down on the running-board of the machine and gasped.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • Rosal put his foot on the running-board without the least sign of going away.

    The Game and the Candle Eleanor M. Ingram
  • It lacked not only top and side-curtains, but even windshield and running-board.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • The fireman may be held responsible for the cleanly appearance of his engine above the running-board.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • She sat on the running-board, and it was pleasant to be relieved of responsibility.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Thompson bridged that gap with his feet still on the running-board of the roadster.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Roberto had heard and leaped for the running-board of the car.

British Dictionary definitions for running-board

running board

a footboard along the side of a vehicle, esp an early motorcar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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