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1A tire with a white stripe around the outside, or a white sidewall.
- ‘As a result, excessive chrome, fins, and wide whitewalls became synonymous with what it meant to be an American.’
- ‘The last edition of the bug has a retro look, with chrome trim from bumper to bumper, whitewall tires and CD player, but it also stays true to the car's roots.’
- ‘And so it was that, after a couple of non-starts, I got my blood-clot-coloured Rolls-Royce with nicotine upholstery, Tania Bryer woodwork and whitewall tyres.’
- ‘Earl Sheib would paint any car for $29.99; four premium whitewall tires went for $100; a half-pound of barbecue chicken or ribs sold for $1.10.’
- ‘There is was, a white sleek long limousine shined to perfection, the whitewalls of the tires sparkling in the dust of the road.’
- ‘This five-speed machine sits on 130/90-16 whitewall tires mounted on 60-spoke chrome wheels and sports die-cast aluminum fender tips in the front and rear, as well as a hand-selected, full-grain leather seat and saddlebags.’
- ‘With its big cushiony seat and gigantic whitewall tires I could ride over curbs and not even feel it.’
- ‘We're talking times marked by whitewall tires, gals with bouffants up-to-there, and music heavily steeped in soul.’
- ‘When I started at Oldsmobile, they were still doing whitewall tires, wire wheels, padded tops, red velour interiors - the whole bit.’
2North American [as modifier] Denoting a haircut in which the sides of the head are shaved and the top and back are left longer.
- ‘He's got an unflattering, Lyle Lovett-like haircut with whitewalls on the sides, and a trio of lines between his eyes as deep as the Marianas Trench.’
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