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demolition derby

a contest in which drivers deliberately and repeatedly crash old cars into each other, on a racetrack or in an enclosed area, with the winner being the last vehicle still moving after all others have been disabled.
Informal. any event or circumstance having the chaotically destructive character of such a competition.
Origin of demolition derby
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for demolition derby

demolition derby

(mainly US & Canadian) a competition in which contestants drive old cars into each other until there is only one car left running
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Slang definitions & phrases for demolition derby

demolition derby

noun phrase

A scene or event of utter destruction and confusion: Spectacular demolition derbies taking place in Russia, China, Cuba and Eastern Europe

[1950s+; fr a chaotic entertainment where drivers crash their old cars into each other until only one, the winner, is still running]

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