drag race


Definition of drag race 

: an acceleration contest between vehicles

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Other Words from drag race

drag racer noun
drag racing noun

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According to police reports, officers at 2:30 a.m. witnessed two cars drag racing along a half-mile stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between Artaius Parkway and Greentree Parkway when the cars turned into a shopping center parking lot. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Libertyville police: 2 men charged with street racing on Milwaukee Avenue," 1 July 2018 Women have won nine championships and 142 events in NHRA drag racing. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "For most female racecar drivers, breaking through 'asphalt ceiling' proves elusive," 15 May 2018 On the other end, playing foursomes on Sunday may result in a drag race finish. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Chemistry and strategy are watchwords for Thursday's Zurich Classic," 25 Apr. 2018 Skid marks on the streets testify to the occasional drag races that take place late at night. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Motorcycle engines and blaring boomboxes keep Rivertown up at night," 5 June 2018 It was reported at 11:19 p.m. July 8 that three vehicles were possibly drag racing on the 600 block of South Catherine Avenue. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange police blotter: Residents report two people in car pointed guns at them," 13 July 2018 The Redeye also possesses some of the Demon’s drag racing tech. Fox News, "2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye unveiled with demonic 797 hp," 28 June 2018 Speed Retrieve is a drag race: An owner must loose the dog at just the right moment. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "This Whippet Is One of the World's Great Athletes," 18 June 2018 Perhaps most notably, Kleiser uses the concrete architecture and electrical transmission towers along the L.A. River to help inform his shots during the movie’s famous drag race, Thunder Road. Jared Cowan, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every L.A. Filming Location From Grease, 40 Years Later," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of drag race

1948, in the meaning defined above

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9 Oct 2018

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The first known use of drag race was in 1948

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English Language Learners Definition of drag race

: a contest in which people race cars at very high speeds over a short distance

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Kids Definition of drag race

: a contest in which drivers race vehicles at very high speeds over a short distance

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