stick shift


Definition of stick shift

: a manually operated gearshift for a motor vehicle usually mounted on the floor

Examples of stick shift in a Sentence

Do you know how to drive a stick shift?
Recent Examples on the Web While the manual probably won't return to mass-market cars, trucks, and SUVs, a handful of performance cars have launched that pair exclusively with a stick shift. Car and Driver, "The 2020 State of the Manual Transmission," 23 Aug. 2020 To offer a stick shift in the 911, Porsche converted its dual-clutch automatic to work like a manual trans. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "The Magnificent Seven: 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Manual," 5 Aug. 2020 It’s not my job to teach Zane or Aidan how to grill a frankfurter or how to operate a stick shift. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "A lesson in letting go at a vacation in isolation," 7 July 2020 Nolker loved to take road trips in an old gray Chrysler stick shift but never drove on the interstate highways. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Gerald Nolker, lost to COVID-19, drove back roads to visit churches in every county," 10 June 2020 Of course there's no shortage of how-to-do-everything – from painting like Bob Ross to driving a stick shift – by watching YouTube videos. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Working from home getting dull? Here are some ways to beat the stress and boredom," 2 June 2020 No doubt that skill is disappearing from the populace, along with an avalanche of others: driving a stick shift, writing by hand, navigating by memory, using stamps. New York Times, "How Analog Clocks Can Give Us More by Giving Us Less," 5 May 2020 Other acts of kindness included car repairs, home projects and even teaching a younger sibling to drive stick shift. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Rap videos, virtual running club, bookmobile: Teachers go above and beyond amid pandemic," 4 May 2020 And then the next second, Richard was leaning over the stick shift and kissing her. Lauren Groff, The Atlantic, "Birdie," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of stick shift

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stick shift was in 1959

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28 Aug 2020

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“Stick shift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stick shift

: a device in a car that you move into different positions in order to change the car's gears
: a car that has a stick shift

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