double-nickel

[ duhb-uhl-nik-uhl ]

nounSlang.
  1. the national speed limit of 55 miles per hour as established in 1974 on U.S. highways.

Origin of double-nickel

1
First recorded in 1975–80

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How to use double-nickel in a sentence

  • Dissolve a few green crystals of "double nickel salts" in water, until the water is a clear green.

    Common Science | Carleton W. Washburne