stock car

a standard model of automobile changed in various ways for racing purposes.
Also called cattle car. Railroads. a boxcar for carrying livestock.

1855–60, Americanism for def 2

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stock car
1.  a.  a car, usually a production saloon, strengthened and modified for a form of racing in which the cars often collide
 b.  (as modifier): stock-car racing
2.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): cattle truck a railway wagon designed for carrying livestock

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stock car
racing car with a basic chassis of an ordinary commercially produced vehicle, 1914, Amer.Eng., from stock (n.2) + car.
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