billy cart

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From billy (male goat) + cart, referring to the former practice of hitching a cart behind a large goat.

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Noun[edit]

billy cart (plural billy carts)

  1. (UK, Australia) A rudimentary child's cart; a soapbox car.
    • 1954 December, Rotary Reporter: Brief Items on Club Activities around the World, The Rotarian, page 38,
      Whether you call them billy carts or soap-box racers, they're one and the same: homemade, four-wheeled, motorless racers that depend on a downhill course for their speed. [] In Coffs Harbour, Australia, for example, the Rotary Club recently held its third annual Billy Cart Derby for cars in two divisions: homemade racers and special championship cars.
    • 2004, Jack Brabham, Doug Nye, The Jack Brabham Story, page 19,
      It was in the billy cart, I suppose, that I had my first-ever races.
    • 2006, Alan Greenhalgh, Gathers No Moss, page 20,
      A few wheels and a crate to make a billy cart would probably be acceptable, or the odd old alarm clock, but nothing more.
    • 2007, Ruby Langford Ginibi, Don't Take Your Love to Town, page 98,
      The kids wanted a hole put in a piece of piping to make an axle for a billy-cart, but we had no drill, so Mac stood the steel pipe up against a gum tree, up with the rifle and shot a hole clean through it. The kids were delighted - they put a bolt through and screwed the nut in place and they had a billy-cart.

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