demolition derby


Definition of demolition derby 

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

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Forget fried Oreos and demolition derbies — people were still trying not to get eaten by bears. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "County fairs are a throwback for bustling suburbs," 5 July 2018 Al Slaggert, a promoter of demolition derbies throughout the U.S. and Canada and a member of the Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions Hall of Fame, emceed the goings-on. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "The truths of the circus train crash of 1918 are more horrifying than myths," 20 June 2018 The event features classic county fair events including demolition derbies, a horse show, 4-H livestock shows and beauty pageants. Melissa Reinert,, "Kenton County Fair is next week," 12 July 2018 There will also be a demolition derby, daily chainsaw carving shows, and carnival rides. Zipporah Osei And Julia Preszler,, "Where to have fun for the Fourth," 27 June 2018 In its attempt to be the toughest golf championship on the planet, the U.S. Open sometimes goes off the rails and becomes a demolition derby instead. Joe Juliano,, "U.S. Open leaders perplexed by wind and dicey course conditions at Shinnecock Hills," 16 June 2018 Weekend of July 6 Clinton County Fair, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. July 7-14, Clinton County Fairgrounds, 958 W. Main St., Wilmington. 8 days of live entertainment, harness racing, antique tractor pull and demolition derby. Luann Gibbs,, "Summer festivals guide 2018," 21 June 2018 Instead, of all the things in the world, they’re confronted with an actual plane hanger’s worth of Arie paraphernalia, down to his demolition derby date car., "The Bachelorette Needs To Keep Arie's Name Out Of Its Mouth," 5 June 2018 Other fair features include 4-H events, animal auction, nightly entertainment, demolition derby, TQ midget races and NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to watch 4th of July fireworks around Indianapolis," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of demolition derby

circa 1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of demolition derby

: a contest in which drivers in old cars crash into each other until only one car is still running

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