Definition of handbrake in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhan(d)ˌbrāk/


1The emergency or parking brake on a motor vehicle.
Example sentences
  • Vandals have left a trail of destruction across a Yorkshire town by releasing handbrakes of cars parked on steep hills.
  • Her son Bill said: ‘I do not know if the driver's handbrake failed or if it was not put on.’
  • The rather unusual handbrake, now part of the facia and no longer between the seats, takes a bit of getting used to, but is extremely efficient and easy to operate, once your left hand remembers where it is!
1.1A brake operated by hand, as on a bicycle.

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Syllabification: hand·brake

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