gas pedal

noun

plural gas pedals
US
: a pedal in a vehicle that increases the output of the internal combustion engine
The Aston responds instantly as he presses the gas pedal half an inch closer to the floor.Frank Conroy
Suddenly, she released the clutch, floored the gas pedal, and the Nissan jumped forward with a screech.Marilyn Reynolds
: accelerator sense b

Examples of gas pedal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jerky movements — twisting the wheel suddenly or slamming your foot on the brake or gas pedal — can throw your vehicle into a skid. John Tufts, The Courier-Journal, 19 Jan. 2024 California Rebecca Grossman floored gas pedal, struck 2 boys at ‘freeway speeds,’ investigators say Feb. 8, 2024 Deputy Dist. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 While some cars will require the special tool, others, like Mazdas with the electronic emergency brake, require a convoluted sequence of actions involving the ignition button, gas pedal, and brake switch. Jeff Dengate, Popular Mechanics, 14 Aug. 2023 And that — combined with continued strength in consumer activity — means the Fed might still keep its foot hovering above that gas pedal. Bryan Mena, CNN, 6 Aug. 2023 Views of the brake, clutch, and gas pedals are also on display inside the collectible car. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 4 July 2023 Fishback playfully re-enacts the scene, gripping an imaginary steering wheel and pressing her high-heeled foot down onto a pretend gas pedal that sends her speeding ahead and crashing into Dre’s latest victims. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 3 June 2023 Blame it mainly on the pandemic, which in 2020 triggered a global shortage of automotive computer chips, the vital component that runs everything from radios to gas pedals to transmissions. Tom Krisher, Fortune, 15 May 2023 Here's why Blame it mainly on the pandemic, which in 2020 triggered a global shortage of automotive computer chips, the vital component that runs everything from radios to gas pedals to transmissions. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, 15 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gas pedal was in 1914

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“Gas pedal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gas%20pedal. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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