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flivver

slang An old, beat-up vehicle. Oh geez, that flivver won't make it down the street—you guys are better off walking!
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flivver

(ˈflɪvɚ)
n. an old car. (Once a nickname for the Model-T Ford.) Whose flivver is that parked out in the street?
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1, 1923." A loosely federated organization formed after World War I, they traveled south each year in droves, driving modified flivvers -- any color you wanted so long as it was black.
It would be easy to make some blanket statement to the effect that an ideal IFR platform should be able to maintain at least 500 fpm through 12,000 feet msl, for example, but not that many IFR flivvers need to be at 12 or higher.
Few of the flivvers we fly are certified for known icing, but even those with such capability have their limits.
Despite those wisecracks, most Model T owners thought their Flivvers were dependable vehicles.
Others included the Flivver, Bouncing Betty, Leaping Lena, the Spirit of St.
This leads to a scene in my mind of Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rice and (possibly) Rumsfeld all decked out in the black garb of the Keystone Kops hopping into their flivvers and tearing off in five different directions in pursuit of a baddie who is hiding around the corner watching them.
The flivvers Bonnie and Clyde stole were boxy Model Ts, which came only in black.
Technologies on the horizon hold promise for alternative fuels and improved economies for general aviation but, for now, we're stuck with our old-school airborne flivvers and their appetite for processed prehistoric biomass.
Even the more pricey cars (what, $500?) broke down frequently, requiring their owners to "get out and get under" their flivvers to make necessary repairs.
You can't make flivvers without steel--and you can't make tragedies without social instability.
Even then, with ten short rides in as many small trucks and flivvers, they reached Scranton by four in the afternoon, and were altogether pleased with themselves.
But what about the Fordson Tractors, Flivvers, or Nimrods?
The plant employed 7,000 people, and Ford Motor Company built housing and a high school." "Flivver," a nickname attached to the Model T, began to gain popularity at approximately the time the plant opened in 1925.
"Where in Ford's name can he have got to?" Watson demands before Huxley cancels "in Ford's name" in favor of Watson's subsequent outcry upon receiving a call that John has instigated a riot: "'Ford in Flivver!' he swore, 'I'll come at once'" (TS 203; BNW 250).
Nineteen references in chapter 3: "in Our Ford's day" (33); "the time of Our Ford" (35); "his fordship"; "His lordship" (37); "from the mouth of Ford himself'"; "inspired saying of Our Ford's" (38); "Ford knew what" (39); "Our Ford--or Our Freud" (48); "Ford's in his flivver" (50); "his fordship"; "Oh, Ford, Ford, Ford" (52); "A.F.