rattle-trap

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rattle-trap

slang A rickety, broken-down, clunky old motor vehicle. I can't believe he's still driving the same old rattle-trap that he had way back in high school. I've sunk more money in this rattle-trap than the damn thing is even worth.

rattle-trap

n. a rattly (old) car; any rattly vehicle. I hear Ted’s rattle-trap in the driveway.
References in classic literature ?
"Men like plenty of room for their rattle-traps; don't you think that ought to satisfy me?"
Leave all your rattle-traps behind you: to be overhauled, if necessary, at his honor the admiral's discretion.
To me she was not an old rattle-trap carting about the world a lot of coal for a freight--to me she was the endeavor, the test, the trial of life.
Now Preston, as "Post" readers will know, is the place where those travelling to Liverpool from the North must change to the clapped out old rattle-traps that will, with a bit of luck and a fair wind, bring them into the city.