- (informal, dated) The Ford Motor Company's Model T automobile.
1917, Edgar Rice Burroughs, chapter 6, in The Oakdale Affair:
- Fate, in the guise of a rural free delivery carrier and a Ford, passed by the front gate. . . . "I don' see why he don't carry a whip," mused Jeb Case. "A-gidappin' to that there tin lizzie," he muttered disgustedly, "jes' like it was as good as a hoss."
- 1947 April 21, "Michigan: Detroit Dynast," Time:
- The Model T became a legend. . . . The Tin Lizzie rattled and banged across the country.
- (informal, by extension) A small, unpretentious, vintage automobile, especially one that is in run-down condition.
1921, Booth Tarkington, chapter 6, in Alice Adams:
- "It's a ottomobile. . . . It's a second-hand tin Lizzie," said Walter. "D'you know what that means? It means a flivver."
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