T-bone

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Etymology 1[edit]

Elliptical form of T-bone steak.

Noun[edit]

T-bone (plural T-bones)

  1. T-bone steak

Etymology 2[edit]

From the shape produced by the vehicles involved in such a collision, with allusion to T-bone ¹.

Verb[edit]

T-bone (third-person singular simple present T-bones, present participle T-boning, simple past and past participle T-boned)

  1. (transitive, chiefly US slang, of a car or similar vehicle) Collide perpendicularly with the side of (chiefly) another vehicle.
    • 1984: R and T, volume 35, page 187 (CBS Publications)
      Holmes, who was a lap ahead and in 6th spot, couldn’t avoid T-boning him and in the coming together they were both out.
    • 1993: Car and Driver, volume 39, page 25 (Hachette Magazines, Inc.)
      Its hood had already been accordioned from T-boning somebody else[.]
    • 2007: Paul Myers, It Ain’t Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues, page 77 (Greystone Books; ISBN 1553652002, 9781553652007)
      They get to an intersection when suddenly the limo gets T-boned and everything gets thrown around all over the car.

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