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panda car

A police car. Primarily heard in UK. Slow down, there's a panda car up ahead!
See also: car

live out of (one's) car

To sleep and store all or most of one's possessions in one's car, usually because one is without a proper residence. I've been living out of my car ever since I was evicted from my apartment. It is shameful that the housing crisis has forced so many families to live out of their cars.
See also: car, live, of, out

new car smell

The scent associated with the inside of a brand new vehicle, caused by the plastics and other materials inside it. Boy, I love that new car smell, don't you?
See also: car, new, smell

puffer car

slang A car left running unattended to warm the engine and cabin on a cold day, so called for the exhaust emitting from the tailpipe. Police are warning that thefts of puffer cars has been rising as the weather continues turning colder. I always see puffer cars in people's driveways first thing in the morning during winter.
See also: car, puffer

wrap one's car around something

to drive one's car into something at fairly high speed. She wrapped her car around a light pole. If he hadn't wrapped his car around a tree, he'd be here with us tonight.
See also: around, car, wrap

wrap one’s car around something

tv. to drive one’s car into something at fairly high speed. She wrapped her car around a light pole.
See also: around, car, something, wrap
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