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.
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.
Informal. a small car: He used to call my old Beetle a clown car, but when gas prices soared, I got the last laugh.
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How to use clown car in a sentence
By comparison, a comic novel could succeed with about as many readers as it takes to fill a clown car, and yet the shelf of funny fiction is not much longer than a knock-knock joke.We need comic novels more than ever. So where are they? | Ron Charles | May 27, 2021 | Washington Post
The House Republican Conference was “a clown car I was trying to drive.”
This document is just another indicator that the clown car simply unloads a new bunch in D.C. every election cycle.
The clown car simply unloads a new bunch in D.C. every election cycle.