an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile.
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How to use jalopy in a sentence
His cause, like a rusty old jalopy, is falling apart before he turned the key.
And yet, not only has the McConnell machine failed to shift into higher gear, it has sputtered worse than a beat-up jalopy.
Whether centrist voters are buying the rhetorical jalopy Mitt Romney is trying to sell them will be key here.
It looked something like a cross between a schoolboy's jalopy and a scaled-down army tank of former times.Badge of Infamy | Lester del Rey
Then they hit the thruway—nine of them packed into the jalopy—the oldest one just seventeen years old.Code Three | Rick Raphael
Did you own what we used to call in my day an old jalopy while you were still in Fort Worth?Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
That picture of that automobile there was quite an old jalopy, sir.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for jalopy
informal a dilapidated old car
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