- a brake operated by a hand lever.Compare caliper(def 6).
- (in an automobile) an emergency or parking brake operated by a hand lever.
Origin of hand brake
Examples from the Web for hand brake
Historical Examples of hand brake
They were so packed in that he could scarcely reach gear lever and hand-brake.Free Air
Luckily I was sitting on the brake side, and reaching out of the tonneau, I seized the lever of the hand-brake and jammed it on.
Dave leaned forward, to jam on the hand-brake, but his uncle was ahead of him in the action.Dave Porter and the Runaways
The carriage was an open one with two double seats, and in front a single one for a messenger; it had also a hand-brake attached.The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete
General Philip Henry Sheridan
Again I hung out, and gently but firmly put on the hand-brake, steadying the car.