demolition derby

noun

1
: a contest in which skilled drivers ram old cars into one another until only one car remains running
2
: something that resembles a demolition derby in destructiveness

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The only way to save the city is to destroy a big chunk of it — a Manhattan demolition derby dictated by Albany. Curbed, 26 Jan. 2022 The 1989 cold snap was a doozy, pushing freezing rain as far south as Gainesville, snow to Lakeland and turning Interstate 10 into a demolition derby. Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel, 22 Dec. 2022 That shift has changed the tenor of ground-level politics in Frederick County, the kind conducted at political club cookouts, American Legion forums — and over the roar of demolition derby at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2022 For example, Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern arranged one of those tests using a demolition derby car in a junkyard. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 Oct. 2022 Highlights are demolition derby, motocross show, fireworks. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 20 July 2022 Friday and Saturday trade monster truck destruction for the all-important demolition derby. Briona Butler, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 Grandstand entertainment includes drag racing, truck pulls, a rodeo and demolition derby. Joey Morona, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2022 Rides and some attractions, such as the monster trucks and demolition derby, cost extra. Briona Butler, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of demolition derby was circa 1953

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“Demolition derby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demolition%20derby. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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