hand brake

variants: or handbrake \ ˈhan(d)-​ˌbrāk \
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

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The brakes are completely electronic, unlike some other scooters that also include manual hand brakes or disc brakes. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Unagi is the $1,190 electric scooter you won’t want to share with anyone," 17 Nov. 2018 At some point, the men tried applying the hand brakes to the rail cars, which destabilized the train and forced the conductors to make an emergency stop, Fox 8 reported. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Train-hoppers call 911 clinging to locomotive: ‘It’s going really, really fast!’," 12 July 2018 It is known as a bootleg turn or handbrake turn and competition drivers use it to their advantage, knowing precisely when to release the hand brake and accelerate. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Remove sap, kill bugs with one fell spray," 30 Oct. 2017 Asked what visitors will do when there is even less snow and winter here becomes more like winter in northern Europe, Green Dog Svalbard guide Starinsky notes that the huskies can also run on roads, pulling carts with wheels and hand brakes. Andrea Pitzer, Washington Post, "In the deepest Arctic, sled dogs, polar bears and famed seed vault face melting snow and ice," 26 May 2018 On arrival, pick out a bike after squeezing tires and hand brakes. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "Taking a green rental bike through DTLA? A tipsheet for first-timers," 10 Apr. 2018 Endearing features include a manual hand brake, the refrigerator cool box in the big center console and the fold-down tailgate (with storage panels) and a soft-close feature. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Toyota Land Cruiser: An heirloom original," 30 Mar. 2018 In Hoboken, Dover and Little Falls, inspectors in June 2017 found NJ Transit following rules on switches, personal protective equipment, warning bells and hand brakes, problem areas in the past. Elise Young, Bloomberg.com, "New Jersey Transit’s Hidden Danger: Bad Brakes, Bare Wires, Rotten Parts," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hand brake

1841, in the meaning defined above

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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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