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Origin of car1
OTHER WORDS FROM carcarless, adjective
Words nearby car
Definition for car (2 of 4)
Origin of car2
Definition for car (3 of 4)
Origin of CAR
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does car mean?
To most of us on the outside, a car is a vehicle with a motor and four wheels. But in prison slang, your car is your crew, especially when it comes to drugs, protection, and money-making.
Where does car come from?
In prison slang, the expression car refers to a small band of prisoners who stick together, often for protection, companionship, running drugs, or making money.
The slang car dates to at least the 1990s. A group of convicts who are on good terms with one another are thought of as being in the car together. Being in the car can also refer to being in on a car‘s particular operation. If one of the prisoners has a falling out with the others, they are out of the car.
The prison car, then, is a bit like an informal gang of prisoners who spend time together and pool their resources, including drugs and money.
This car imagery has spawned lots of other related expressions. For example, by at least the 1990s, a prisoner who bought drugs for the others in the group was referred to as driving the car. Someone who used the drugs without paying for them was referred to as hitchhiking.
By 2015, prisoners referred to members of their group as a car. Your car is often based on your race, geography, or affiliated gang (e.g. a black car or an Aryan Nation car). Cars can also exert their power to domineer over other prisoners.
How is car used in real life?
Calling a group of people you’re affiliated with a car is mostly associated with prison life and culture.
Time for some RF gated community/pen/ prison slang : in my 3C – rolling in my Campbell county car , who I associate with and / or am allies with , occasionally Claiborne county, Scott county and other rural types roll with the 3C.this concludes today’s slang term of the day
— Robert ferguson (@Robferg24) April 24, 2019
— TannerMaston ™️ (@TMast1331) July 8, 2013
More examples of car:
“That guy’s in the New York car. If you fuck with him, you’ll have to deal with all of them.”
—Seth Ferranti, Vice, October 2015
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Example sentences from the Web for car
Focusing on end-of-lease inspections, used car inspections, and rental car return inspections first.Here are the 19 companies presenting at Alchemist Accelerator Demo Day XXV today|Greg Kumparak|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
Apple has provided test versions of iOS 14—which contains a wealth of other new features including tools to organize your screen or even start your car—to some users since the summer, but is now rolling out the feature to all iPhone owners.iPhone’s new ‘orange dot’ feature warns you when an app is listening|Jeff|September 17, 2020|Fortune
In the backseat, as our car made its way along the turnpike, I tried them, throwing the shells out the window.Sunflower Seeds Are the Best Snack for the Anxious Mind|Emma Alpern|September 17, 2020|Eater
GM has developed a new family of modular drive units called Ultium Drive that it will mix and match in cars, crossovers, SUVs, and trucks.This is GM’s new series of Ultium Drive electric motors|Jonathan M. Gitlin|September 17, 2020|Ars Technica
Flames that enter communities and burn up electronics, cars, and industrial equipment can release metals and chemicals.California wildfires may give way to massive mudslides|Ula Chrobak|September 17, 2020|Popular Science
The most recent issue contains detailed instructions for building car bombs, and the magazine frequently draws up hit-lists.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A Charlie Hebdo reporter said that security provision had been relaxed in the last month or so and the police car disappeared.
The offices were firebombed in 2011; no one was hurt but a permanent police car was subsequently stationed outside.
They all immediately dashed out to their car to catch the bad guys.
Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.
But, when the car came thundering down, it was crammed to the step; with a melancholy gesture, the driver declined her signal.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
There he gave orders for the car to be put into running condition for the following morning, and returned to the hotel.
At six o'clock I felt once more the welcome motion of a Railroad car, and at eight was in Venice.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
The wheezy, crazy mechanism of the car went to bits in unexpected places.
Mais ce n'est pas de merveille; car, comme j'ay dict, ils sont enfans.
British Dictionary definitions for car (1 of 2)
- Also called: motorcar, automobile a self-propelled road vehicle designed to carry passengers, esp one with four wheels that is powered by an internal-combustion engine
- (as modifier)car coat