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bone shaker

noun Slang.
  1. an early-model bicycle, especially one with hard rubber tires.
  2. any uncomfortable vehicle.
  3. a rough ride in a vehicle.
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Historical Examples of boneshaker

  • There was a rapid growth in the size of the front wheel, which in the boneshaker normally measured 36 or 38 in.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8


British Dictionary definitions for boneshaker


  1. an early type of bicycle having solid tyres and no springs
  2. slang any decrepit or rickety vehicle
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