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trolley car

a streetcar propelled electrically by current taken by means of a trolley from a conducting wire strung overhead or running beneath a slot between the tracks.
Origin of trolley car
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His sad death through a trolley-car accident will long be regretted and mourned by his many friends.

    Favorite Fish and Fishing James Alexander Henshall
  • There were no passers at the moment, not even a trolley-car.

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Part of the tripod was about his neck; his hair was full of ground glass and he was murmuring something about a trolley-car.

    Said the Observer Louis J. Stellman
  • Then they heard the trolley-car's flat wheels grinding on a curve.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Why, many of you would not need to take a steam-train or even a trolley-car.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • The trolley-car that met his train was rusty, paintless, forlorn, untenanted.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • A trolley-car clanged past, and the challenge of the peanutman came cheerfully in at the open door.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • "At a class reunion I once chased a trolley-car on a dromedary," he said hopefully.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • It was a sort of transfer, drawn by horses, which delivered them a little inside of the city gate to a trolley-car.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • In Salonika even the trolley-car is not without its contrast.

British Dictionary definitions for trolley-car

trolley car

(US & Canadian) another word for streetcar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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