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shock absorber

noun, Machinery.
a device for damping sudden and rapid motion, as the recoil of a spring-mounted object from shock.
Origin of shock absorber
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I was not with them when they discovered the first clewI think it was a shock absorber; was it not, Walter?

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  • I need you as a shock absorber, said Lucia in a low tone, a half smile twisting her lips, and Betty made a low response.

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  • But Betty thought that she would not enjoy being a shock absorber and felt none too comfortable.

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  • The blind adult soon realizes that "humor is a shock absorber," and that "mirth is the soul's best medicine."

British Dictionary definitions for shock absorber

shock absorber

any device designed to absorb mechanical shock, esp one fitted to a motor vehicle to damp the recoil of the suspension springs
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