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Word Origin and History for t-bone

T-bone

n.

type of steak, 1916, so called from the T-shaped bone that runs through it. The verb meaning "to strike (another car, bus, etc.) from the side" is by 1970, from adjectival use in reference to crashes, attested from 1952.

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  • Not enough to buy a single Belgian a T-bone steak and fried potatoes.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • They ate at T-bone Tommy's, consuming a vast quantity of red meat with but a minor accompaniment of vegetables.

    The Wrong Twin

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The little restaurant—Denver fashion, it made specialities of "short orders," cream waffles and T-bone steaks—was almost deserted.