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double-nickel (plural double-nickels)
- (US slang) The national speed limit of 55 miles per hour introduced in the USA in 1974.
- 2015 February 17, Howard Fischer, “Bill takes teeth out of state speed limits”, in Arizona Daily Star:
- But in 1982 they found a loophole: Keep the double-nickel speed limit, but effectively allow motorists to drive up to 65 by designating that speed a “waste of a finite resource” and setting the fine at $15.
- 2015 August 20, Michael Barrett, “Damn the Double Nickel: "Convoy" Shows a Great Director Slumming”, in Pop Matters:
- Peckinpah is just as interested in the old golf-cart codger who says “Damn the double-nickel!” (in reference to the 55mph speed limit) as he is in Duck or Lyle, and much more so than in Ali MacGraw’s character, along for the ride and marquee value.
- (US slang) The number 55 (by extension).
- 2009 February 3, Craig Kwasniewski, “61 Is Impressive but Remember the Double Nickel "Kobe Bryant's 61-point outburst at MSG surpasses Michael Jordan's infamous double-nickel from 1995.”, in The Association:
- 2015 January 29, Matt Moore, “Five-Star Review: Kyrie Irving's double-nickel night”, in CBSSports:
- This night was insane. Knicks win, Sixers win, Wolves win. Kyrie drops a double-nickel.
- (with dummy it) To travel at 55 miles per hour.