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grab a handful of air

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grab a handful of air

verb phrase

To apply the brakes of a truck or bus quickly

[1930s+ Truckers; fr the fact that such vehicles have hand-operated air brakes]

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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