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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • He brought up his machine with a jerk by applying the emergency brake.

    The Motor Boys Overland Clarence Young
  • 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
  • Where had the manufacturer of the car concealed his emergency brake?

    The Boy Scouts' Mountain Camp John Henry Goldfrap
  • Blindly he pulled on his emergency brake and then slumped forward in his seat, his breath coming in wheezing gasps.

    Poisoned Air Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • The sickening sensation of impending peril held the girl as the emergency brake squealed.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • At the same instant his hand sought the emergency brake lever and he pushed it forward.

  • The driver stopped the bus, set the emergency brake, and dodged out into the night.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • Then he went back, eased off the emergency brake, grabbed a good handhold and strained forward.

    Cabin Fever B. M. Bower
  • With lightning quickness he cut off the power and threw on the emergency brake.

    Motor Matt's Mystery Stanley R. Matthews

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