clown car

[ kloun-kahr ]

  1. a very small car used in a comedic circus routine, in which the normal passenger capacity is greatly exceeded by the numerous clowns who climb out from inside.

  2. Informal. a group whose size seems absurdly excessive for the purported function of the group, and whose effectiveness is therefore questionable: The planning committee has added yet another member to its clown car, almost guaranteeing further delays.

  1. Informal. a small car: He used to call my old Beetle a clown car, but when gas prices soared, I got the last laugh.

Origin of clown car

First recorded in 1950–55; from a comedy routine used in the Cole Bros. Circus

Words Nearby clown car Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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