According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, what show-biz
term derives from the sound of a race-car engine and denotes "flamboyant
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[Mootguy: All other sources that I have checked (e.g., Online
Etymological Dictionary, Merriam-Webster's, and the American Heritage
Dictionary give this etymology as being unknown.]
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