from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A brake which is applied or released by a lever or treadle operated by the foot.


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  • Something had gone wrong, we suppose, with the foot-brake.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 153, November 7, 1917

  • If he overcame his shyness, caution applied the foot-brake.

    Uneasy Money

  • She was running in neutral, the great car coasting, while she tried to slow it by jamming down the foot-brake.

    Free Air

  • Then the anxious putting on of brakes -- holding the car with both foot-brake and emergency, lest it run down backward, slip off the road.

    Free Air

  • Every time he touched the foot-brake, she could feel the strain in the tendons of her own ankle.

    Free Air

  • The calf of your leg begins to ache from the pressure on the foot-brake, and with an unsuccessful effort to be courteous you bellow at the passenger, who has been standing beside the car looking deprecatory,

    Free Air

  • For five minutes there had come the strong odor of burning rubber; the strain had been too great, the foot-brake linings were gone; everything depended upon the emergency now!

    The White Desert

  • If the foot-brake had burned, as possibly it might, the compression of the gas in the cylinder could have been made to act as a brake.

    My Friend the Chauffeur

  • He set both the hand-brake and the foot-brake, and all heard the wheels and the chains scrape over the stones and dirt.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields The Search for the Landslide Mine

  • Then again they were loosed, and from bench to bench the process was repeated until the slope grew gentle enough to permit the regulation of the downward progress by the foot-brake.

    Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled A Narrative of Winter Travel in Interior Alaska


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