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[sahyd-kahr] /ˈsaɪdˌkɑr/
a small car attached on one side to a motorcycle and supported on the other side by a wheel of its own, used for a passenger, parcels, etc.
a cocktail made with brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.
Origin of sidecar
1880-85; side1 + car1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • First in line were our pilots in an Indian motorcycle and sidecar.

    The Fight for the Argonne William Benjamin West
  • Against them Teddy and a sidecar girl with Raeburn in support made a memorable struggle.

  • Up this comes Heffernan, on his sidecar, driving his best, and in a great hurry to know where he would come on Hughie.

  • No conveyance available except tandem bicycle with sidecar and trailer.

  • Yes, the engine's running like a daisy, and the sidecar's on, and Egbert's fussing to be off.

    A Popular Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • On this particular hot August afternoon, Ingred welcomed an excursion in the sidecar.

    A Popular Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • He climbed awkwardly into the sidecar, and the soldier, after a hesitant acceptance, kicked the starter.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • A German soldier sat in the sidecar, while another, with a rifle slung across his back, drove the motorcycle.

  • They leaned together and the motorcycle and sidecar went careening around the corner of a street.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for sidecar


a small car attached on one side to a motorcycle, usually for one passenger, the other side being supported by a single wheel
a cocktail containing brandy with equal parts of Cointreau and lemon juice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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sidecar in Technology

1. Synonym slap on the side. Especially used of add-ons for the late and unlamented IBM PCjr.
2. The IBM PC compatibility box that could be bolted onto the side of an Amiga. Designed and produced by Commodore, it broke all of the company's own design rules. If it worked with any other peripherals, it was by magic.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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