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  • n. Plural form of handcar.


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  • At dawn they transferred to handcars, then walked as they approached the Yellow River and the 1,200-yard-wide so-called Japanese front.

    The Last Empress

  • He was just so religious, and he was -- he was going to -- he would -- he would go teach a Sunday school class, and they would go in one of these old railroad handcars, you know, which you pumped up and down.

    Sinclair Lewis: Rebel From Mainstreet

  • There are probably 18 or 20 different people on handcars, hanging off the side of the engine.

    Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad

  • All the good things are gone: wood Monopoly houses, Red Ryder, handcars.

    Drowned Hopes

  • Down to the outer tip of the wharf ran a narrow-gauge track of rusted iron rails, and over the track on occasion plied little straddlebug handcars.

    From Place to Place

  • Get them trunks over; we'll pull out two handcars and set the missus down at Como.

    A southern woman's war time reminiscences,

  • Perhaps he had gone the length of the Dam in one of those handcars, on which some of our people had dashed up and down the famous granite mile, their little vehicles pushed by Arabs.

    It Happened in Egypt

  • On a breeze from the outskirts, the handcars 'jostling call

  • Consumed with desire as he watches her act out lascivious poses from the book, the specter pumps his handcar crank, the motion of which creates "a cyclonic whirl" that picked up the hair of the pale beauty, tore away the garish and delicate chemise and in a last, fitful tug, scooped up the long white body whose momentary rapture was focused on the vibrant earthly manifestation of a wind so powerful it could move rust-bound handcars on weed-lashed tracks, so powerful it could make a storm of scarves obscuring the moon, powerful enough to grant the wishes of pale, hungry girls.

    Powell's Books: Overview

  • Those terrific old handcars with the seesaw type of double handle so one guy would push down while the other guy facing him pulled up, and then vice versa, and the handcar would go zipping along the track, that old kind of handcar that guys like Buster Keaton used to travel on, they don’t have them anymore.

    Drowned Hopes


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