from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A one-wheeled car for a single passenger, attached to the side of a motorcycle.
  • noun A cocktail combining brandy, an orange-flavored liqueur, and lemon juice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A one-wheeled attachment to a motorcycle to allow for a separate seat for a passenger or cargo space.
  • noun A cocktail made with cognac (or brandy), triple sec liqueur, and lemon juice.
  • adjective A sidecar file is a file which stores data, such as metadata, which is not supported by the source file format.

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  • noun a cocktail made of orange liqueur with lemon juice and brandy
  • noun conveyance consisting of a small carrier attached to the side of a motorcycle


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  • See boilermaker.

    October 17, 2007

  • David Wondrich calls this "the defining cocktail of the era" of Prohibition.

    Shake well with cracked ice:

    1 ¼ oz cognac

    ½ oz Cointreau

    ¾ oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

    Strain into chilled, sugar-rimmed cocktail glass

    (Article is at "Celebrate Prohibition Repeal," here.)

    June 3, 2009

  • Have you ever ordered a sidecar, cb? I keep meaning to.

    June 3, 2009

  • No, and normally I'd say "Let's do it!" but I can't for a while. If you try one, let me know what you think. I suspect I would like the name better than the drink itself (the same is true of The Godfather, for example).

    June 3, 2009

  • Some of these cocktails I recognize from old movies (now hearing Carole Lombard in my head).

    June 4, 2009

  • One could do worse than hear Carole Lombard in one's head.

    June 4, 2009

  • It's much better than having the Village People cavort there.

    June 4, 2009

  • They do get rowdy, those boys.

    June 5, 2009

  • The examples suggest a political meaning, unfamiliar to me.

    e.g. "cboldt: If the sidecar is unrelated to the first bill (HR 3590), then I agree that HR 3590, by passage of the sidecar by the House alone, is in condition for presentment. But if the sidecar results in changing HR 3590, then HR 3590, unchanged, does NOT represent the will of the House."

    May 9, 2014