- a contest in which drivers deliberately and repeatedly crash old cars into each other, on a racetrack or in an enclosed area, with the winner being the last vehicle still moving after all others have been disabled.
- Informal. any event or circumstance having the chaotically destructive character of such a competition.
Origin of demolition derby
First recorded in 1950–55
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- mainly US and Canadian a competition in which contestants drive old cars into each other until there is only one car left running
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