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stock car

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noun
  1. a standard model of automobile changed in various ways for racing purposes.
  2. Also called cattle car. Railroads. a boxcar for carrying livestock.

Origin of stock car

1855–60, Americanism for def 2
Related formsstock-car, adjective
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  • It was true: the passengers of the Oklahoma were crowded like cattle on a Kansas stock-car.

    The Magnetic North

    Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)


British Dictionary definitions for stock car

stock car

noun
    1. a car, usually a production saloon, strengthened and modified for a form of racing in which the cars often collide
    2. (as modifier)stock-car racing
  1. US and Canadian a railway wagon designed for carrying livestockAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): cattle truck
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Word Origin and History for stock car

n.

racing car with a basic chassis of an ordinary commercially produced vehicle, 1914, American English, from stock (n.2) + car.

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