driven by a motor

Driven by a motor
This is used to describe people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder when they talk excessively: 'they act as if driven by a motor.'

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • motor wind — 7 [motor wind] [ˈməʊtə waɪnd] [ˈmoʊtər waɪnd] noun a piece of machinery for winding a film in a camera that is driven by a motor …   Useful english dictionary

  • motor — n. & v. n. 1 a thing that imparts motion. 2 a machine (esp. one using electricity or internal combustion) supplying motive power for a vehicle etc. or for some other device with moving parts. 3 Brit. = motor car. 4 (attrib.) a giving, imparting,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • motor-driven — moˈtor driven adjective Driven by a motor • • • Main Entry: ↑motor …   Useful english dictionary

  • motor lorry — Brit. a motor truck, esp. one with open sides. [1900 05] * * * moˈtorbicycle, moˈtorbike, moˈtorboat, motor bus, motor car, moˈtorcoach, moˈtorcycle, moˈtor launch, motor lorry, moˈtor ship, etc noun A bicycle, etc driven by a motor …   Useful english dictionary

  • motor — I. noun Etymology: Latin, from movēre to move Date: 1586 1. one that imparts motion; specifically prime mover 2. any of various power units that develop energy or impart motion: as a. a small compact engine b. internal combustion engine;… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • motor bus — noun : an automotive omnibus : motor coach * * * moˈtorbicycle, moˈtorbike, moˈtorboat, motor bus, motor car, moˈtorcoach, moˈtorcycle, moˈtor launch, motor lorry, moˈtor ship …   Useful english dictionary

  • motor-launch — moˈtorbicycle, moˈtorbike, moˈtorboat, motor bus, motor car, moˈtorcoach, moˈtorcycle, moˈtor launch, motor lorry, moˈtor ship, etc noun A bicycle, etc driven by a motor • • • Main Entry: ↑m …   Useful english dictionary

  • motor-ship — moˈtorbicycle, moˈtorbike, moˈtorboat, motor bus, motor car, moˈtorcoach, moˈtorcycle, moˈtor launch, motor lorry, moˈtor ship, etc noun A bicycle, etc driven by a motor • • • Main Entry: ↑m …   Useful english dictionary

  • motor — noun 1》 a machine, especially one powered by electricity or internal combustion, that supplies motive power for a vehicle or other device. 2》 Brit. informal a car. adjective 1》 chiefly Brit. driven by a motor.     ↘relating to motor vehicles:… …   English new terms dictionary

  • motor vehicle — /ˈmoʊtə viɪkəl / (say mohtuh veeikuhl) noun a road vehicle driven by a motor, usually an internal combustion engine, as a car, motorcycle, or the like …   Australian English dictionary

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