demolition derby


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

Examples of demolition derby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Free admission, demolition derby priced separately. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 24 May 2024 This two-day fête pays homage to this starchy yellow vegetable with events like a parade, a corn-eating contest, a fire department water fight, a demolition derby, a karaoke contest, and other corny activities. Sarah Kuta, The Denver Post, 21 May 2024 But the plotting is so sludgy and lacking in strategic detail that the endless back and forth across the desert starts to play like a Monster Trucks-type demolition derby, only with freakier characters, more elaborate vehicles and extra carnage. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2024 That fanbase was unaffected by Kendrick’s demolition derby and isn’t keen on Drake’s standing within The Culture. Angel Diaz, Billboard, 14 May 2024 Their solution was to send another front-end loader to chase it down, which resulted in a low-speed demolition derby. Mark Price, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 Like a Humvee in a demolition derby of Fiats, the continents won't go down. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 Several early episodes go by with hardly any time spent in a car, which seems to go against the whole point of adapting a demolition derby video game. Christian Holub,, 26 July 2023 This annual fair typically includes familiar fair fun plus crowd favorite activities including the demolition derby and livestock shows. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 1 Jan. 2024

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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