Definition of boneshaker in English:


Line breaks: bone|shaker
Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊnʃeɪkə


British informal
1An old vehicle with poor suspension: a boneshaker of a van
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  • A cleaned up adaptation of a Steinbeck novel, this centres on Sweetheart, a boneshaker of a bus rattling over the 'washboard roads' of Southern California.
  • We fly to Iasi, a remote university town in the north-east of Romania, on a tiny bone-shaker of a plane with propellers.
  • It is possible to blow huge amounts of money on car modifications, ruining your automobile and ending up with a fuel drinking stodgy bone shaker.
1.1An early type of bicycle without rubber tyres.
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  • He takes us from the French pushbike of 1816 through boneshakers and penny-farthings to the English velocipedes and the Humbers of the 1880s.
  • The boneshaker was further refined by James Starley in the 1870's.
  • Old Chinese boneshaker bicycles can be hired for a pittance, and the area is less hilly than much of Xishuangbanna.

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