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running board

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
1810-20, in sense “platform from which a large pole boat is poled,” Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then, as they neared a cross street, a man stepped out on the running board and flashed an automatic.

    The Crimson Thread Roy J. Snell
  • Or are you going to sit in state in the car and let us occupy the running board?

  • Unabashed, they swung themselves up on the running board, and entered the compartment.

  • 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
  • "Okay," the policeman said wearily, taking out his book of tickets and putting one foot on the running board.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
  • Billy rode on the running board and Barbara took the steering wheel.

    Keineth Jane D. Abbott
  • Fenders and a running board can be attached to the main frame.

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

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "Ride on the running board," was the answer, in a tone which King knew meant that he was requested not to argue about it.

    Red Pepper's Patients Grace S. Richmond
  • There was not room on the running board for Tom to help Joe.

British Dictionary definitions for running board

running board

a footboard along the side of a vehicle, esp an early motorcar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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