jumper cables

plural noun

Definition of jumper cables 

: a pair of electrical cables with alligator clips used to make a connection for jump-starting a vehicle

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According to the court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Wi’s ex and her children were staying at the woman’s mother’s home when Alexander knocked on the front door, asking to borrow a set of jumper cables. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, "2-Year-Old Boy Killed When His Stepdad Orchestrates Murder-for-Hire Plot — and Hitman Is Sentenced," 3 July 2018 Price had the genial temperament of the good neighbor who always had jumper cables in the trunk of his car in case they were needed. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: Goodbye to a tournament with global appeal - Bill Livingston (photos)," 12 Apr. 2018 Jumper Cables Any pair of jumper cables is better than not having any at all. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Jumpstart a Car," 26 Jan. 2017 Also bring jumper cables, a shovel, an ice scraper, as well as something that can be used for traction, such as cat litter or sand. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "If you must drive in Charlotte this week, here’s tips for dealing with the ice, snow," 18 Jan. 2018 In addition, putting together a preparedness kit for vehicles that includes a car charger, ice scraper, jumper cables and blankets. AL.com, "Alabama roadways: Dangerous conditions expected due to winter weather," 16 Jan. 2018 Two men knocked on a door of a residence and asked a male resident for jumper cables. Sarah Lane, Washington Post, "Prince William County crime report," 21 Sep. 2017 Police responded to a report of a vehicle fire at about 9:03 p.m. Sept. 4 outside Marty’s Pizza, 2580 Sun Valley Drive, that was reportedly sparked by jumper cables. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delafield-Hartland police reports: Naked man walks in on Holiday Inn cleaning staff," 13 Sep. 2017 That includes keeping a full gas tank and preparing an emergency car kit, including items like jumper cables and a car cell phone charger. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "If Irma hits NC, you’ll want to know about these Charlotte-area resources," 6 Sep. 2017

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circa 1926, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of jumper cables

: a pair of electrical cables that are used to start a car, truck, etc., when its battery is not working by connecting the battery to another source of power (such as another car's battery) : cables used to jump-start a vehicle

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