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  • "Handle." A Handle is the nickname a CB user uses in CB transmissions. Other CB users will refer to the user by this nickname. To say "What's your handle?" is to ask another user for their CB nickname.
  • "County Mountie." This refers to a Sheriff's deputy car.
  • "Smokey." A law officer. A "smokey report" is what CB users say when they have information on a law officer, such as location or current activities.
  • "Bear." Another slang term for a law officer. References to Smokey & Bear are both direct references to Smokey Bear, a character image commonly seen along U.S. highways. He wears a hat similar to that included in many highway patrol uniforms in the U.S. (Today bear is more often used to refer to a member of the Bear community, a gay subculture.)
  • "Bubble gum machine." See "Gum ball machine"
  • "Back door." The area behind a vehicle. To say "I got your back door" means that someone is watching another's back. (Today back door is more often used as sexual slang.)
  • "Four." Usually short for the ten code 10-4, which means acknowledged, ok, etc.
  • "Gum ball machine" or "bubble gum machine" Reference to any law enforcement vehicle. It refers to a popular style of rotating mirror light used by many state police and some other law enforcement agencies at the time, however the term can refer to any law enforcement vehicle. It looked somewhat like the round style of 'penny' gumball machines. It was basically a clear cylinder, like an upside down jar, with lights and a spinning mirror system inside. It was usually mounted on the center of the roof.
  • "Good buddy" friend. (Today used among over the road truck drivers to mean a gay lover.)
  • "Put the hammer down." Slang for shifting to the highest gear & flooring the accelerator.
  • "Put the pedal to the metal." Another slang term for pushing down on the accelerator.
  • "Seat cover." An attractive female passenger in a vehicle.
  • "Twenty" as in "What's your twenty?" This is asking the receiver what their current location is. This term comes from the ten-code 10-20.
  • "Rolling refinery." A semi truck carrying fuel.
  • "Got your ears on?" Asking the receiver if they are on the air and listening to you.
  • "Breaker (channel number)" Telling other CB users that you'd like to start a transmission on a channel.
  • "Breaker, breaker to (CB user handle)." A slang term telling another user that you'd like to speak to them.
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