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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. 2017.
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  • Part of the mangled remains was carried into the running gear of the baggage car.

  • A rack, equally old and dilapidated, had been set on the running gear.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • Needless to say, she was not upside down, nor was she damaged in any way, though she was completely stripped of all running gear.

    A Labrador Doctor Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Every bit of rigging and running gear was strained to its maximum limit.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • Of course, all canvas and running gear had rotted away, but here and there was a leg of standing rigging, preserved by the tar.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • They are for running gear and frames; poplar for tops and bodies.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • I'd say Masters is playing safe keeping him from messing up the running gear while we're discharging.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • We recovered the running gear of the wagon later when all came upon a sandbar, but the harness had been stolen.

  • Their teeth, I should judge, they had cut on the ends of her running gear.

    Falk Joseph Conrad

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