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See also: t-bone


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Etymology 1[edit]

Elliptical form of T-bone steak.


T-bone (plural T-bones)

  1. T-bone steak
    • 1984, Stephen King, The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet
      The barbecue was over. It had been a good one; drinks, charcoaled T-bones, rare, a green salad and Meg's special dressing.

Etymology 2[edit]

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


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

  1. (transitive, slang, chiefly US, of a motor vehicle) To collide perpendicularly with the side of something, usually 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, 9781553652007)
      They get to an intersection when suddenly the limo gets T-boned and everything gets thrown around all over the car.


T-bone (plural T-bones)

  1. A vehicular collision of this kind.