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Origin of car1
OTHER WORDS FROM carcar·less, adjective
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Definition for car (2 of 4)
Origin of car2
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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
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.
Father José Julián was shot and wounded driving in a car through the sierra of Ajuchitán.
I told them it was back where I parked my car, so they offered me a ride.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They carjacked a Renault Clio, took the car, and fled with it.
You say must have been, because somebody has told you that a car went out there?Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Sahwah suggested that we print our inquiry on a pennant and fasten it across the front of the car.The Campfire Girls Go Motoring|Hildegard G. Frey
A request for whiskey addressed to a car containing a dozen men accustomed to wrest metals from the earth was not in vain.The Penalty|Gouverneur Morris
He felt she was looking at him, but being busy with the car he was silent.Stubble|George Looms
She hastened to that end of the car, followed by Bunny and Sue, who did not want to be left behind.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Sunny South|Laura Lee Hope
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