clunker


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clunk·er

 (clŭng′kər)
n. Informal
1. A decrepit machine, especially an old car; a rattletrap.
2. A failure; a flop.
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clunker

(ˈklʌŋkə)
n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) chiefly US a dilapidated old car or other machine
2. something that fails: the novel's last line is a clunker.
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clunk•er

(ˈklʌŋ kər)

n. Informal.
1. something worthless or inferior.
2. an old, worn-out machine, esp. a car.
[1940–45]
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Translations

clunker

[ˈklʌŋkəʳ] N (US) → cacharro m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

clunker

n (US pej inf: = car) → Kiste f (pej inf), → Mühle f (pej inf)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in periodicals archive ?
The Naperville Fire Department is seeking donations of "clunker" vehicles for use in training exercises on Monday, April 2.
The authors also point out that the voucher receipt required the forfeiture of the clunker; therefore, the net discount to consumers is given by the difference between the voucher value and the value of the forfeited clunker.
Goodman can't Christmas clunker This year is no different, except Sam and Charlotte have neglected to tell their nearest and dearest that this is their final Christmas meal because they intend to separate after more than 40 years of marriage.
As the clunker sales reached a fevered pitch, I think it's fair to say that the deals got much stingier.
Wymott ran a clunker when wearing cheekpieces and I hope that won't be repeated.
"A steep cut in spending on a program that encourages low-income motorists in North Texas and three other urban areas to sell or fix their fumes-belching 'clunkers' didn't sit too well with Dallas-area Senate budget writers on Monday." - 'Clunker' retirement program: urban dwellers help certify budget's balanced, Trail Blazers
I MISSED OUT ON SOME OF THE high-profile federal stimulus programs: My reliable old pickup truck didn't become a clunker until an unfortunate traffic accident that happened after the "Cash for Clunkers" program had expired.
But the new lighting installation has a shorter payback than the clunker replacement, without any cost to taxpayers and with the opportunity to relight and provide a significant improvement in worker comfort and performance.
If none of the 8,600 Oregon consumers who participated in the clunker program had received credit for the scrap value of their trade-ins, that would have left $1.29 million on the table.
What makes someone sell you a clunker? "Inside the minds of Car Dealers: How to Buy Your Next Car without Fear" is a guide for readers who seek a psychological edge in dealing with the shifty con artists who go by the more politically correct title of car dealers.
"Why just replace a clunker when there are so many reasons to hate your car," said Kelly.
Nihat Ergun spoke to reporters in Qatar, where he attended the Turkish Export Products Exhibition, and said, "it would not be a realistic approach to say that the future of Turkish automotive industry could be saved only by clunker incentive."