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rearview mirror

[reer-vyoo] /ˈrɪərˌvyu/
a mirror mounted on the side, windshield, or instrument panel of an automobile or other vehicle to provide the driver with a view of the area behind the vehicle.
Origin of rearview mirror
First recorded in 1925-30; rear1 + view Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the rear-view mirror he saw her leaning forward, her face tense.

    Double Take Richard Wilson
  • Malone eyed the rear-view mirror to get a look at the car following them and the two local FBI agents in it.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
  • Malone had seen the lights of a car in the rear-view mirror a few minutes before.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
  • They blinded her in the rear-view mirror until she knocked the mirror out of focus.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
  • Phil watched him in the rear-view mirror and noted the hasty dab at moist eyes.

    The Short Life Francis Donovan
  • Then, as he slowed for a curve, there was a spark of reddish light in the rear-view mirror.

    An Incident on Route 12

    James H. Schmitz
British Dictionary definitions for rear-view mirror

rear-view mirror

a mirror on a motor vehicle enabling the driver to see traffic coming behind him or her
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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