One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having a high centre.
2Of a narrow (dirt) road or track: having a ridge along its centre, formed as ruts are worn away on either side; characterized by such ridges.
3Of a vehicle: stuck fast by its chassis on a high centre, uneven ground, or on any obstacle on the road, track, etc., with the wheels raised off the ground or unable to gain traction. Now also figurative.
Mid 19th century. From high + centred.
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