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t-bone

verb; analogy
To hit by a vehicle from the side in a T-shaped manner. (Usually used as a past participle.) Apparently the T depicts the way the accident happened, but a real t-bone steak contains both bone and meat. When the meat is sliced off, it probably more or less symbolizes the nature of a roadkill as involving blood and flesh. Its use of a verb is a zero derivation from the noun form.
 
A Rice student was t-boned by a drunk driver.
Etymology : From Modern English [T-bone], 'a steak containing a T-shaped bone and a piece of tenderloin'
Source : conversation with a professor
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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