- 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
First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for handbrake
We drove across country in three and a half days with only a handbrake.Inside Seal Team Six by Don Mann Excerpt
December 4, 2011
- a brake operated by a hand lever
- the lever that operates the handbrake
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