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outboard motor

a portable gasoline engine with propeller and tiller, clamped on the stern of a boat.
Origin of outboard motor
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If this pump worked like an outboard motor she could start it.

    Third Warning Roy J. Snell
  • “But I got a motor, an outboard motor,” he added cheerfully.

    Green Eyes Roy J. Snell
  • The outboard motor roared, and the boat raced past the gap in the reef and rushed toward the lagoon opening.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • It looked like a large row-boat, powered with an outboard motor, and it was headed in their direction.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The thing was not one quarter the size of her rowboat; yet it boasted an outboard motor capable of handling a twenty foot boat.

    Green Eyes Roy J. Snell
  • The man ducked down into the boat, and a moment later switched on an outboard motor, which rapidly carried him beyond view.

    Guilt of the Brass Thieves Mildred A. Wirt
  • I do all the service work, gun work, outboard motor work, rig boats.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • The four young people stood at the rail and watched as the crowded pram with its outboard motor chugged off to the island.

  • The staccato roaring of an outboard motor sounded some distance away.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • The rotenone was mixed with water and applied by hand, or into the backwash of an outboard motor.

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