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Topic: MOTOR VEHICLES

Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Middle Dutch klampe

clamp

2 noun
     
clamp
clamp2 [countable]
1TD a piece of equipment for holding things together
2TTC also wheel clamp British English a metal object that is fastened to the wheel of a car so that the car cannot be driven away. This is usually done because the car is illegally parked [= boot American English]
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