hand brake

variants: or handbrake \ ˈhan(d)-​ˌbrāk How to pronounce hand brake (audio) \
plural hand brakes or handbrakes

Definition of hand brake

: an emergency brake operated by a hand lever The handbrake can help to prevent accidents when the foot brake fails to stop the vehicle during an emergency.Tech Startups

Examples of hand brake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unstoppable in the first quarter, Florida yanked the hand brake in the second only to see Alabama recover to get just enough to survive the offensive onslaught from the No. 11 Gators. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 19 Sep. 2021 The Landie also lacks that other rallying favorite: a hydraulic hand brake. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 19 Aug. 2021 After passengers were evacuated, an attempt to tow the train to a rail yard resulted in it rolling 137 feet before a worker was able to apply a hand brake. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2021 Many ATVs only have a hand brake on the left handlebar for the front brakes, and a foot brake for the rear. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, 14 Oct. 2020 Although there’s a front hand brake on the left side, laziness made us coaster-brake converts. Popular Mechanics Test Team, Popular Mechanics, 17 July 2020 The episode ends with a flashback to the accident, caused when Jamie pulls the hand brake to stop Nick from his manic speeding down the dark Dorchester back roads. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 6 Feb. 2020 Two bicycle-style hand brakes made decelerating dead simple. Scott Kirsner, BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2019 The new hand brake, on the left handlebar, is much like the ones on bikes, and will stop both wheels if pulled. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of hand brake

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hand brake was in 1841

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“Hand brake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%20brake. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hand brake

: a brake that is operated by pushing or pulling a lever with your hand


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