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type of steak, 1916, so called from the T-shaped bone that runs through it. The verb meaning "to strike (another car, bus, etc.) from the side" is by 1970, from adjectival use in reference to crashes, attested from 1952.

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To hit a car, bus, etc, from the side: All the bus would have had to have been was another 8 or 10 feet into the intersection and that truck would have T-boned it/ hit the wall almost head-on and was T-boned by Eddie Cheever's car (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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