Did you maybe mean dérailleur?
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A device for shifting gears on a bicycle by moving the chain between sprocket wheels of different sizes.
- From French dérailleur. (Wiktionary)
- French dérailleur, from dérailler, to derail; see derail. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“However, in retrospect it may be a good thing I didn't since the derailleur was the only thing that kept the rear wheel from ejecting completely.”
“The front derailleur, which is shaped like the blade of a vegetable peeler, guides the chain between the gears attached to the pedals.”
“Each appears to be different in its own way from the usual "derailleur", but who am I to judge one's special love for vowels?”
“But I believe the "derailleur" double entendre is "Did you rail her" as in ... well, bang/shag/fill in your fave sexual euphemism here.”
“It can be quite intimidating for the new cyclist to hear the many complicated questions asked at a bike shop using unfamiliar words like "crank set", "derailleur", and "drop tube".”
“In trying to keep a chain on a chainring, a derailleur is impressively effective.”
“So even if you saved the weight of the small ring and the shifter, the front derailleur should stay.”
“He was running a single chainring and no front derailleur.”
“You looking for the derailleur de jour award today?”
“He cares not whether the wheel has 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-, or 11-speed cogset on it; his derailleur will shift on any of them.”
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