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gas guzzler

A vehicle that consumes more than the average amount of gasoline during normal usage. Every time the price of oil rises, people trade in their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient cars.
See also: gas, guzzler

gas-guzzler

n. a large automobile that uses much gasoline. The old gas-guzzlers were certainly comfortable.

gas guzzler

A vehicle that uses fuel inefficiently. The term was popularized in 1978, when Congress instituted “gas guzzler provisions” in the Energy Tax Act enacted during that year. Accordingly, the purchase of such vehicles was taxed in order to discourage their use and decrease fuel consumption. In succeeding decades, the term was applied to any large car, such as an SUV, regardless of whether it was subject to the tax. For example, “With the price of gas going up and up, I’m going to trade in my gas guzzler for a hybrid.”
See also: gas, guzzler
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I am a gas-guzzler. But we are not asking people to wear halos - just to do a little."