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nounmass nounSE Asian
The action of stealing a car.‘they were charged with carnapping’count noun ‘the information came from one of the suspects involved in a carnapping’
1930s: blend of car + -napping (on the pattern of kidnapping).
The act or an instance of stealing a motor vehicle.
1930s; earliest use found in The San Mateo Times. From car + -napping.
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