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rumble seat

Also called, British, dickey. a seat recessed into the back of a coupe or roadster, covered by a hinged lid that opens to form the back of the seat when in use.
Furniture. wagon seat.
Slang. the buttocks.
Origin of rumble seat
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She was interrupted by a tap on her shoulder from the rumble seat.

  • I soon got used to the car and admired the rumble seat in the back.

  • One of my greatest pleasures was clambering into the rumble seat with my violin.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • Sim and Arden quickly alighted and helped Nate lift the still unconscious Jim out of the rumble seat.

  • Frank hopped in alongside the driver, and the Codfish perched behind in the rumble seat.

    Frank Armstrong at College Matthew M. Colton
  • The sheriff turned to his jail deputy, who had descended from the rumble seat in the rear.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • Tossing their branches into the rumble seat, the two girls climbed into the roadster.

  • Jane chuckled at the idea of putting the old lady in the rumble seat—just for spite!

British Dictionary definitions for rumble seat

rumble seat

(US & Canadian) a folding outside seat at the rear of some early cars; dicky
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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