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stock car

a standard model of automobile changed in various ways for racing purposes.
Also called cattle car. Railroads. a boxcar for carrying livestock.
Origin of stock car
1855-60, Americanism for def 2
Related forms
stock-car, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was true: the passengers of the Oklahoma were crowded like cattle on a Kansas stock-car.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
British Dictionary definitions for stock-car

stock car

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

stock car


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

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