running-board

running board

noun
a small ledge, step, or footboard, formerly beneath the doors of an automobile, to assist passengers entering or leaving the car.

Origin:
1810–20, in sense “platform from which a large pole boat is poled,” Americanism

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running board
 
n
a footboard along the side of a vehicle, esp an early motorcar

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