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carb

1. The device that mixes fuel and air in internal-combustion engines. The term is short for "carburetor." Ugh, my car won't start—I think I need a new carb.
2. A hole on the side of a bong or other pipe that affects airflow. One typically covers the carburetor to allow smoke to fill the chamber and then uncovers it to inhale the smoke. The term is short for "carburetor." Hold the carb and then release the smoke and inhale.

carb up

To eat a large amount of carbohydrate-rich foods, especially in preparation for some physically demanding activity. I'm making a big pasta dinner for us so we can carb up ahead of the marathon tomorrow.
See also: carb, up

carb-load

To consume large amounts of carbohydrate-rich food, such as pasta, rice, potatoes, etc., as a means of increasing stored energy in preparation for a major athletic event (e.g., a marathon). While some have questioned whether it really helps one's performance, I still carb-load before every big race.

carb-loading

A dietary strategy involving consuming large amounts of carbohydrate-rich food, such as pasta, rice, potatoes, etc., as a means of increasing stored energy in preparation for a major athletic event (e.g., a marathon). An abbreviated form of the term "carbohydrate loading." While some have questioned whether it really helps one's performance, I still swear that carb-loading gives me an extra edge in big races.

carbs

A shortening of "carbohydrates," often referring to food containing them in large quantities. "Carbos" can also be used. No bread for me, thanks—I'm not eating carbs this week. You know, these so-called protein bars are very high in carbs.
See also: carb
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

carb

(kɑrb)
n. an engine carburetor. This can needs a new carb.

carb(o)s

(ˈkɑrb(o)z)
n. carbohydrates. (Bodybuilding and dieting. Carbs is displacing carbos.) You need more protein and less carbs.
See also: carbo

carbs

verb
See carbos
See also: carb
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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