bankrupt cart

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Said to be so called by a Lord Chief Justice, from their being so frequently used on Sunday jaunts by extravagant shopkeepers and tradesmen.


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bankrupt cart (plural bankrupt carts)

  1. (obsolete, idiomatic) A one-horse chaise.
    • 1813, Harriet Corp, Cottage Sketches; Or, Active Retirement:
      " No, no, I was too prudent when I was young to risk the expenses of a bankrupt cart, and now I am old I am too wise to attempt the difficult art of driving one."


[Francis] Grose [et al.] (1811) , “Bankrupt cart”, in Lexicon Balatronicum. A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence. [], London: Printed for C. Chappell, [], OCLC 23927885.