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    Default Keep the motor runnin'/Keep the motor clean

    Saw them several times in songs, but couldn't find the exact meaning. Please, help.

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    Default Re: Keep the motor runnin'/Keep the motor clean

    Keep the motor runnin' may refer to a fast getaway, from, say, a bank robbery. The driver keeps the motor running so the robbers can jump in and speed away. It also has sexual inuendo, as in keeping up a sexual interest in something.

    I've not heard of keeping the motor clean as a idiom, but it may suggest that a clean engine (human or mechanical) is more efficient. Perhaps clean means drug-free?

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    Default Re: Keep the motor runnin'/Keep the motor clean

    Thanks! Dug-free, indeed may be one of the meanings. Now I guess that is what Skid Row's "18 And Life" was about - "He kept his motor runnin', but he never kept it clean."

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