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emergency brake

Also called parking brake. a special brake used to prevent a motor vehicle from rolling after it has stopped or been parked.
Compare brake1 (def 1).
any brake meant to stop a vehicle in an emergency.
Origin of emergency brake
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At that instant he applied his emergency brake and shut off the power.

    The Motor Boys Overland

    Clarence Young
  • He brought up his machine with a jerk by applying the emergency brake.

    The Motor Boys Overland

    Clarence Young
  • Where had the manufacturer of the car concealed his emergency brake?

    The Boy Scouts' Mountain Camp

    John Henry Goldfrap
  • There was one thing that steel-tyred car did well, though, and that was to respond to its emergency brake.

    To Kiel in the 'Hercules' Lewis R. Freeman
  • That impression did not register on his brain, however, until he was back in his seat and Eddie had released his emergency brake.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Nyoda had jammed on the emergency brake a half minute before we struck or there would have been a worse smash.

    The Campfire Girls Go Motoring Hildegard G. Frey
  • Mark used the emergency brake; the car slewed around; he wasn't even grazed.

    Old Valentines

    Munson Aldrich Havens
  • Now his hand shot over to the emergency brake, and this came up with all the power at his command.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • She sees me, too, shouts to François to put on the emergency brake, and begins wavin' her parasol at me to hurry on.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • The sickening sensation of impending peril held the girl as the emergency brake squealed.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.

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