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n. pl. ja·lop·ies Informal
An old, dilapidated motor vehicle, especially an automobile.

[Origin unknown.]


(dʒəˈlɒpɪ) or


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


(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"


[dʒəˈlɒpɪ] Ncacharro m, armatoste m


[dʒəˈlɒpi] nvieux tacot m


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


[dʒəˈlɒpɪ] n (fam) (old car) → macinino, carretta
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There aren't a lot of cars here, or at least not the driving kind: There are no repair shops around, and even if there were, 97% of the people here live well below the federal poverty line, which means that once a jalopy breaks down, it's abandoned by the side of the road.
Thrill to a brilliantly entertaining lecture detailing how three dapper, but hapless chaps embarked on a perilous boys-own adventure by boat, airship and jalopy across Europe and Asia in search of a mysterious and fantastical ancient treasure (and to revive their mediocre musical careers).
Black Beauty from The Green Hornet, Drag-U-La from The Munsters, General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard, The Car from The Car, and the Oldsmobile jalopy from The Beverly Hillbillies all came out of Barris Kustom Industries.
He's 38 going on 50, his body more broken down than a jalopy with a rebuilt knee, a patched together Achilles and now a back that bears the signature of a surgeon."
It's raining, it's dark, we're possibly lost as the family jalopy is buffeted by the storm raging over the North Yorkshire moors, tailgated by nutters.
<br />Case No.: 17-2285<br />Officials: FLAUM, SYKES, and HAMILTON, Circuit Judges.<br />Focus: Vehicle Warranty <br />In his telling, plaintiff Nicholas Knopick bought a $415,000 jalopy, but to be more precise, a limited liability company he controls bought the $415,000 jalopy.
It was there, in the family jalopy, that 10-year-old Bob Costas would spend many an evening scanning the dial of America's blowtorch stations in search of scores from games his father had bet on.<br />"When the rent is riding on whether Whitey Ford can get Al Kaline out, or Wilt Chamberlain can make two free throwsthat's a little anxiety provoking,'' Costas said in a Washington Post interview.<br />Young Bob would not only report the scores to his gambling-addicted father, but would do so with the flair of a gifted storyteller.<br />"There was a romance to the airwaves,'' Costas recalled.
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."
Del Potro cranked up his game and soon the cranky jalopy purred like a Ferrari as he started pulling the game away from the Swiss favourite.