[ kloun kahr ]
/ ˈklaʊn ˌkɑr /
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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Origin of clown car
First recorded in 1950–55; from a comedy routine used in the Cole Bros. Circus
Words nearby clown car
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