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n. Slang
An automobile, especially one that is small, inexpensive, and old.

[Origin unknown.]


an old, cheap, or battered car
[C20: of unknown origin]


(ˈflɪv ər)

Older Slang. an automobile, esp. one that is small, inexpensive, and old.
[1905–10, Amer.; orig. uncertain]
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With that heat also comes humidity, both of which combine to rob your flivvers of the crisp, healthy performance we enjoyed just a couple of months ago.
Even then, with ten short rides in as many small trucks and flivvers, they reached Scranton by four in the afternoon, and were altogether pleased with themselves.
broke down frequently, requiring their owners to "get out and get under" their flivvers to make necessary repairs.
You can't make flivvers without steel--and you can't make tragedies without social instability.
The flivvers Bonnie and Clyde stole were boxy Model Ts, which came only in black.
Technologies on the horizon hold promise for alternative fuels and improved economies for general aviation but, for now, we're stuck with our old-school airborne flivvers and their appetite for processed prehistoric biomass.
This leads to a scene in my mind of Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rice and (possibly) Rumsfeld all decked out in the black garb of the Keystone Kops hopping into their flivvers and tearing off in five different directions in pursuit of a baddie who is hiding around the corner watching them.
Despite those wisecracks, most Model T owners thought their Flivvers were dependable vehicles.
But we can probably count on one thing: It won't be much like the lives of that ``typical family of the 21st century,'' the Jetsons, with their airborne flivvers and space-age styles.