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type of steak, 1916, so called from the T-shaped bone that runs through it. The verb meaning "to strike (another car, bus, etc.) from the side" is by 1970, from adjectival use in reference to crashes, attested from 1952.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • Not enough to buy a single Belgian a t-bone steak and fried potatoes.

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  • They ate at t-bone Tommy's, consuming a vast quantity of red meat with but a minor accompaniment of vegetables.

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  • The little restaurant—Denver fashion, it made specialities of "short orders," cream waffles and t-bone steaks—was almost deserted.

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To hit a car, bus, etc, from the side: All the bus would have had to have been was another 8 or 10 feet into the intersection and that truck would have T-boned it/ hit the wall almost head-on and was T-boned by Eddie Cheever's car (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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