double nickels

double nickels

slang The speed limit of 55 miles per hour. "Nickel" refers to the US five-cent coin. Whoa, whoa, cool it with the double nickels—the speed limit here is 25!
See also: double, nickel

double nickels

and double buffalo
n. the number fifty-five; the fifty-five-mile-per-hour speed limit. (Originally citizens band radio. The buffalo is on one side of the nickel.) You’d better travel right on those double nickels in through here. The bears are hungry. Double buffalo is for trucks. You can go seventy.
See also: double, nickel
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Released at the same time as (and as a good-natured challenge to) SST labelmate Husker's two-disc "Zen Arcade," the Minutemen's 48-track 1984 "Double Nickels on the Dime" was a revelation for many.