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

Examples of drag race in a Sentence

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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 In this photo provided by the NHRA, Brittany Force takes part in Top Fuel qualifying at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals drag races at zMAX Dragway in Concord. Keith Cannon, charlotteobserver, "Top Fuel champ says he lacks a four-wide ‘recipe.’ But at ZMax, he was cookin’ | Charlotte Observer," 29 Apr. 2018 Legal street drag racing returns to Woodward Avenue this summer, and applications for amateur drag racers who want to take part in Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge are available. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Street drag racing is back on Woodward Avenue this summer," 13 June 2018 Kristi Odom won the 4-cylinder feature in an interesting 15-lap run that saw her build a big lead early and then win a one-lap drag race to the finish with Cirk Lindemuth. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Go get 'em, Joe: Vinachi taking aim at next step to late-model success at Grundy County Speedway," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of drag race

1948, in the meaning defined above

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28 Aug 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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