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?

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The stick shift on the shiny sports car has one gear. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Human-highlight Fernando Tatis Jr. learning to balance playing hard, protecting body," 14 Aug. 2019 The elderly victim reportedly told authorities that the reason Alexander was unsuccessful in stealing his car was due to the fact that the young man didn’t know how to drive a stick shift. Matt Mcnulty,, "Carjacker Attempts to Flee With Elderly Man's Car But Didn't Know How to Drive Stick Shift: Police," 19 July 2019 The stick shift of the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Fun New Corolla Hatchback Puts the Toy in Toyota," 3 Jan. 2019 On top of that, the stick shift A4 drinks less gas, with a combined 27mpg versus 24mpg for the S5. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Audi A4 versus the Audi S5 reviewed—sometimes less is more," 29 Nov. 2018 Make no mistake, the stick shift sedan really is becoming a rare thing. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Honda Accord proves there’s still life in the family sedan," 15 June 2018 Muscle car purists often insist on having a stick shift, but in the Camaro’s case, there’s a strong case for the auto. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Big boys’ toys: Camaro special edition pays tribute to iconic Hot Wheels," 9 June 2018 Shifty: Of course, a hybrid and a stick shift remain incompatible, so the SE comes with a six-speed automatic. Scott Sturgis,, "Countryman hybrid is not about the fuel savings," 8 Mar. 2018 The pair are more inept than adept, fumbling a stick shift and uncomfortably disposing of a flash drive. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Trailer: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon bond in 'The Spy Who Dumped Me'," 21 Mar. 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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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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