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four-wheeler

[fawr-hwee-ler, -wee-, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˈʰwi lər, -ˈwi-, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
a four-wheel vehicle, especially a hackney carriage.
2.
Citizens Band Radio and Automotive Slang. a four-wheel automotive vehicle, as a car or small truck, especially as distinguished from a vehicle having more than four wheels, as a tractor-trailer, or fewer than four wheels, as a motorcycle.
Origin of four-wheeler
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50
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Examples from the Web for four-wheeler
Historical Examples
  • I saw her and her maid into a four-wheeler, and I saw their luggage on the top.

  • I had the good luck to sight a four-wheeler and got him in just in time.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • But for a four-wheeler as takes families and their luggages, he's the very horse.

  • Presently she came to a halt, and hailed a four-wheeler which was passing.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He lived a couple of miles off, and he had chosen a four-wheeler to drag out the time.

    Nona Vincent Henry James
  • There was a four-wheeler at the door too, so that evidently the family were going away.

  • I returned to Philippa, where I had left her in the four-wheeler.

    Much Darker Days Andrew Lang (AKA A. Huge Longway)
  • The Baroness paid the bill, and went away in a four-wheeler.'

    The Grand Babylon Hotel Arnold Bennett
  • He would have got us a taxi, and now they're all gone, and we must put up with a four-wheeler.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • When he dined out he always took his champagne with him in a pail and in a four-wheeler.

    Overlooked Maurice Baring
Slang definitions & phrases for four-wheeler

four-wheeler

noun

An automobile; cage (1960s+ Truckers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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