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

Examples of demolition derby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the newspaper has long been the subject of criticism from its rarefied perch in American journalism, recent months have seen internal objections made public, lending an air of a journalistic demolition derby to the proceedings. Washington Post, "As a celebrated podcast faces internal review, the New York Times once again becomes the story," 13 Oct. 2020 He’ll still be protected like a vintage Ferrari as some of the other fellas smash into each other like station wagons in a demolition derby. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "With no NFL preseason, Vikings practices may be more intense," 13 Aug. 2020 Grandstand entertainment will include motocross, demolition derby, as well as truck-pull and tractor-pull events. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Summit County Fair downsized due to coronavirus, scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 2," 11 June 2020 The fair for 2020 is canceled, including the midway, demolition derby, tractor pull, fireworks and more. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Looking forward to your favorite Indiana festival? Coronavirus may be changing your plans," 15 May 2020 Plot: The terrible race car driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) has been reduced to compete only in demolition derbies. Lauren Hill,, "12 must-see Disney movies, TV shows coming to Disney+, according to a childless fan," 15 Oct. 2019 The exhibition Clash was a demolition derby, as drivers shook off the offseason rust and adjusted to NASCAR’s new rules package. Jenna Fryer,, "Daytona 500 up for grabs as new technique leads to no clear favorite at NASCAR’s Super Bowl," 14 Feb. 2020 The Marion County Fair runs June 21-30 and offers everything from carnival rides and talent shows to a fair food and a demolition derby. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about the Marion County Fair," 19 June 2019 The 89th annual event features a midway full of food, rides and games; an entertainment stage; 4-H animals; art; kart racing; demolition derby and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "County fair guide: Here's when fairs in Central Indiana get underway," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of demolition derby

circa 1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of demolition derby was circa 1953

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22 Oct 2020

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“Demolition derby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of demolition derby

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

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