emergency brake


Also called parking brake. a special brake used to prevent a motor vehicle from rolling after it has stopped or been parked.Compare brake1(def 1).
any brake meant to stop a vehicle in an emergency.

Origin of emergency brake

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for emergency brake

  • He saw the danger, and with his hand upon the emergency-brake he threw his weight upon the wheel.

    The Spell|William Dana Orcutt
  • In a flash he was up, cutting off the power and bearing down on the emergency-brake.

    Motor Matt's Clue|Stanley R. Matthews