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running gear

the working components of a motor-driven or steam-driven vehicle other than those used to develop or transmit power, as wheels, axles or springs, as distinguished from the body.
Origin of running gear
An Americanism dating back to 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Their teeth, I should judge, they had cut on the ends of her running gear.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • Every bit of rigging and running gear was strained to its maximum limit.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • A rack, equally old and dilapidated, had been set on the running gear.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman
  • Our running gear lasts a long time, as our cruises are short.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • They are for running gear and frames; poplar for tops and bodies.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • I may as well say here that the ends of all running gear should be made fast.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • But a night like this—how many—even if the running gear were sound?

    Wide Courses

    James Brendan Connolly
  • Her standing rigging, being of wire, was merely rusted, but her running gear was something too appalling to think about.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
  • We recovered the running gear of the wagon later when all came upon a sandbar, but the harness had been stolen.

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