Definitions for gas-guzzler
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an automobile that gets relatively few miles to the gallon.
Category: Automotive, Informal
Origin of gas-guzzler:
A motor car that has poor fuel economy.
Gas-guzzler commonly refers to a vehicle that consumes fuel inefficiently. The term originally came into use in the US when congress established Gas Guzzler Tax provisions in the Energy Tax Act of 1978 to discourage the production and purchase of fuel-inefficient vehicles. The gas guzzler tax had applied only to cars and was collected by the IRS. Today the term is often used to refer to SUVs or other semi-large vehicles that qualify as "light trucks". Nevertheless the term extends to all fuel-inefficient vehicles, from antiquated V8 American classics to Italian-bred sports cars. A Lamborghini Murciélago, a Plymouth Roadrunner, and a Hummer H1 might all be classified as gas-guzzlers, though they are very different cars.
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