jalopy


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ja·lop·y

 (jə-lŏp′ē)
n. pl. ja·lop·ies Informal
An old, dilapidated motor vehicle, especially an automobile.

[Origin unknown.]

jalopy

(dʒəˈlɒpɪ) or

jaloppy

n, pl -lopies or -loppies
(Automotive Engineering) informal a dilapidated old car
[C20: of unknown origin]

ja•lop•y

(dʒəˈlɒp i)

n., pl. -lop•ies.
an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile.
[1925–30, Amer.; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jalopy - a car that is old and unreliablejalopy - a car that is old and unreliable; "the fenders had fallen off that old bus"
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
dysphemism - an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one; "his favorite dysphemism was to ask for axle grease when he wanted butter"
Translations

jalopy

[dʒəˈlɒpɪ] Ncacharro m, armatoste m

jalopy

[dʒəˈlɒpi] nvieux tacot m

jalop(p)y

n (inf)alte (Klapper)kiste or Mühle (inf)

jalopy

[dʒəˈlɒpɪ] n (fam) (old car) → macinino, carretta
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The winning shots will be on display December 15-25 at the Jalopy Theater and School of Music located at 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, New York.
Packing themselves into an old jalopy along side Daddy, Uncle Vern, and Mama in the front seat and Cassie and her two brothers in the back, the family joined the Great Migration from the impoverished Deep South to Chicago, where there was work to be had in the stockyards.
I am banished into the garage as old Millie the family jalopy requires some TLC, and she want me to do a shopping run.
The title of the article, written by Alex, is "Time To Get Rid Of The Old Jalopy.
It does make me wonder, though, how they can manage to park a vehicle that's 540million miles away, while I struggle to guide my jalopy into the driveway without skelping a large Leylandii.
The earth is scorched red where he wanders, surely, his guitar worn through by the storms that batter the old jalopy to which it is lashed.
To learn how to replace your flapper, put on your glad rags, jump in your jalopy and come join the caper.
just some jalopy that gets to the end of the road will do - so it'll have to be somewhere that doesn't have a f***in DVLA or fuel duty that squeezes you a bit harder every couple of months.
3) If they "get in the way," and so hinder some human purpose, becoming "obstinate" (Inwood 1999: 129)--the "jalopy" just mentioned, if stationed instead in the garage, may get in the way in the sense of occupying the space that should normally be allotted for a new car: the jalopy becomes "obstinate" when the new car is bought and the old car proves to be just too heavy to be removed by a single person or an entire family.
The latter even lived in the knackered exhaust pipe of an abandoned 1940s jalopy, which had also been conveniently dumped right next to the world's most telegenic cactus.
It's real excitin' - we get to go on a roadshow in an old-fashioned jalopy, lookin' for the best singin' and dancin' talent around.
Soon the jalopy you bought because it was cheap will become a moving money pit or, just as likely, a static, space-wasting experiment into the processes of automotive decomposition.