boneshaker

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bone +‎ shaker, from the uncomfortableness of the ride.

Noun[edit]

boneshaker (plural boneshakers)

  1. A velocipede (the bicycle of the late 1860s).
  2. Something jolty.
    The car was a real boneshaker.
    a boneshaker of a journey
    • 1959 December, “Letters to the Editor: The riding of S.R. multiple-units”, in Trains Illustrated, page 628:
      As this was my third journey on these boneshakers I am beginning to think there must be some very serious fault in their design.

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