from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bicycle that can be pedaled in ten different gears.

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  • adj. Having ten gears


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  • It is when I stop that I have to start a slow pedal uphill again, with the front wheel of my ten-speed constantly wobbling and pulling me toward the ditches on either side of the road.

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  • She wears pink panties and rides a ten-speed for exercise.

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  • I did, however, have a ten-speed bike, a gorilla's legs and a teenager's hormones and so riding twenty kilometers and climbing a 200-meter tall, 30-degree slope to visit the woman of my dreams was no biggie.

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  • “Screw the middle class!” all the time, the only class left are the mega-estate loungers, who always recieve a promptety-prompt tax cut for doing nothing but tinkering with their ten-speed car collection.

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  •  The older brothers did things like: hide a ten-speed behind the pool house then swear they were just borrowing it.

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  • It makes him feel like an outlaw, especially when he's biking to work on his ten-speed.

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  • Elmer gets on his ten-speed and bikes to the mall, which everyone calls the small because most of the retail spaces are empty save for JC Penney's, a sad costume shop, a local jeweler, and a GNC.

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  • Addie explains how the ten-speed clipped his lover at the bottom of a hill, knocked her unconscious.

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  • She traded the gift card to Ash for a bright red ten-speed.


  • The winter before Dad left, I had really wanted a new ten-speed bike for Christmas.



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