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[han-dl-bahr] /ˈhæn dlˌbɑr/
Usually, handlebars.
  1. the curved steering bar of a bicycle, motorcycle, etc., placed in front of the rider and gripped by the hands.
  2. handlebar moustache.
a bar or rod, usually of metal and having a handle at one end, used for handling, guiding, or maneuvering some object.
Origin of handlebar
First recorded in 1885-90; handle + bar1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I stopped to drink from the bag on my handlebar every few miles.

  • And again, there was taking the hand or hands off the handlebar, a thing simple in itself, but complex in its consequences.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • "Thank you," said Puss, hanging the shoe over his handlebar and setting off once more.

  • At every five or ten miles a stop is made to drink water from the bag on the handlebar.

  • Winter thought the other had recognized the man crouched over the handlebar.

  • Peter pushed the carriage aimlessly about for a little while, never letting go of the handlebar.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
  • The handlebar was wrenched out of my hands and I was thrown with great force over it and on to the bank at the side.

  • Freckles shot over the handlebar and coasted down the trail on his chest.

    Freckles Gene Stratton-Porter
Word Origin and History for handlebar

also handle-bar, 1867 in reference to bicycles, from handle (n.) + bar (n.1). Of mustaches, first recorded 1933.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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