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stock car

a standard model of automobile changed in various ways for racing purposes.
Also called cattle car. Railroads. a boxcar for carrying livestock.
Origin of stock car
1855-60, Americanism for def 2
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stock-car, adjective Unabridged
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  • He was thrown into a stock car, without a bed or blanket, and hauled over the rough, jolting road to Andersonville.

  • We are running a stock car against some heavy foreign racing machines; the chance of winning is slight.

    The Flying Mercury Eleanor M. Ingram
  • They must have been harnessed up together beforehand in a stock car somewhere.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for stock car

stock car

  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
(US & Canadian) a railway wagon designed for carrying livestock Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) cattle truck
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Word Origin and History for stock car

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

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