tin lizzie


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tin liz·zie

 (lĭz′ē)
n. Slang
A dilapidated or cheap car.

[After Tin Lizzie, , nickname for the Ford Model T automobile, perhaps from Lizzie, name commonly given to horses, nickname for Elizabeth.]

tin lizzie

(ˈlɪzɪ)
n
(Automotive Engineering) informal an old or decrepit car; jalopy
[originally a nickname for the Model T Ford]
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Is the Christian-is-angry hue closer to Tin Lizzie or Cyberspace?
The fourth-generation Focus, now hitting our showrooms as both a hatchback and estate, has been designed to appeal to every driver and passenger alike, much as the original Tin Lizzie did all those years ago.
For the new fourth-generation Focus, now hitting our showrooms as both a hatchback and estate, has been designed to appeal to every driver and passenger alike, much as the original Tin Lizzie did all those years ago.
Be it the Tin Lizzie (the Ford Model T), which brought personal conveyance to the middle class American's doorstep in 1909, or the Rolls Royce K-Series, which transported Maharajas across the expanse of pre-Independence India in the 1920s, every four-wheeler that ever made its presence felt in the history of the automobile industry was in attendance at the vintage car show.
As a child her brothers nicknamed her Tin Lizzie, after a character from the comic Dandy, and she has lived up to the name ever since.
It didn't take long for inventors and tinkerers to see the possibilities of adapting the Tin Lizzie into a more or less serviceable farm engine for pulling the horse-drawn implements that every farmer then had, even though some experts said the Ford was entirely unsuitable.
The car industry is as wedded to steel as it was when Tin Lizzie was born.
During our 3-day, 2-night stay at David and Sheran WoodworthAAEs gracious, Victorian-style Tin Lizzie Inn in Fish Camp, my wife, two teenage sons and I saw the sights in both a 1929 Model A, complete with rumble seat, and a 1916 Model T.
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Also on This Day: 1827: Death of poet WilliamBlake; 1841: Death of locomotive engineer George Stephenson; 1881: Birth of American director Cecil B de Mille; 1908: First Ford model T, christened the Tin Lizzie, was produced; 1964: Death of author Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond; 1965: Judge Elizabeth Lane became first woman appointed to the High Court; 1980: First giant panda born in captivity delivered in a Mexico zoo; 1982: Death of American actor Henry Fonda.
This "4,000 mile-an-hour NASP," Safire explained, "will zip past the French-British Concorde the way a souped-up Corvette passes an antique tin lizzie.
Cranking up a Tin Lizzie size garage in Seattle and turning it into a guest house was the challenge facing Seattle designer John Furtado.