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splash guard

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  1. a large flap behind a rear tire to prevent mud, water, etc., from being splashed on the following vehicle.
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Origin of splash guard

First recorded in 1925–30
Also called mudguard, mud flap.


  1. Also called mud flap. splash guard.
  2. fender(def 3).
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Origin of mudguard

First recorded in 1885–90; mud + guard
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British Dictionary definitions for mud-flap


  1. a curved part of a motorcycle, bicycle, etc, attached above the wheels to reduce the amount of water or mud thrown up by themUS and Canadian name: fender
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Word Origin and History for mud-flap


1903, from mud (n.) + flap (n.).

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