- a large flap behind a rear tire to prevent mud, water, etc., from being splashed on the following vehicle.
Origin of splash guard
First recorded in 1925–30
Also called mudguard, mud flap.
Origin of mudguard
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- a curved part of a motorcycle, bicycle, etc, attached above the wheels to reduce the amount of water or mud thrown up by themUS and Canadian name: fender
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Word Origin and History for mud-flap
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