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running board

noun
1.
a small ledge, step, or footboard, formerly beneath the doors of an automobile, to assist passengers entering or leaving the car.
Origin of running board
1810-1820
1810-20, in sense “platform from which a large pole boat is poled,” Americanism
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  • When Glen saw him he was poised on the running board ready for his jump.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters Charles Henry Lerrigo
  • Or are you going to sit in state in the car and let us occupy the running board?

  • He opened the carriage door, got down on to the running board and clambered off.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • Fenders and a running board can be attached to the main frame.

  • He got up off the running board and smoothed out his uniform as best he could.

    Dave Dawson with the R.A.F R. Sidney Bowen
  • Billy rode on the running board and Barbara took the steering wheel.

    Keineth Jane D. Abbott
  • And there are some dents in the running board and radiator and one lamps done for.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • There was not room on the running board for Tom to help Joe.

  • In a moment he was on the running board, wrenching the door open.

  • I ran beside it, but was unable to get onto the running board.

    More Tish

    Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for running board

running board

noun
1.
a footboard along the side of a vehicle, esp an early motorcar
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