road rash


: mild to severe skin abrasion resulting from a fall (as from a bicycle or motorcycle) which usually involves sliding on a hard rough surface

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bass and Lewis shared photos of their injuries — road rash and a swollen knee for Bass, a bruised ankle for Lewis. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, 8 July 2020 Many of the greyhounds have scars or road rash, which Kiburtz said could have come from falling off the truck. Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2022 Skin on her legs was so badly scraped that the road rash looked like wounds from a bear attack. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Nov. 2022 The onset of the pandemic sent the company’s growth into triple-digit territory, but strategic missteps and a rapid cooling of demand as fitness buffs rediscover gyms have combined to give Peloton a serious case of road rash. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2022 Several feet away, a much larger dog covered in road rash was lying in a ditch. Angela Blakely, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 Tucker, a sixth grader at Clarendon Avenue Elementary, suffered a fractured skull and road rash in the incident, requiring hospitalization at Children's Wisconsin in the intensive care unit. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2022 The road to building a good all-terrain wheelchair is littered with broken axles, gravel road rash, and uncomfortable ergonomics; just ask Geoff Babb. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 25 July 2020 No one was killed in the crash, but several students ages 12-17, were rushed to nearby hospitals after suffering broken bones, road rash and bruising. al, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of road rash was in 1962

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Cite this Entry

“Road rash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

road rash

: mild to severe skin abrasion resulting from a fall (as from a bicycle or motorcycle) which usually involves sliding on a hard, rough surface
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