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    Default to drive in a deuce-and-a-half

    Please, can anyone help me with the following passage, particulary with the highlighted part:

    He wanted to get away from the sidewalk. He put his
    turn signal on and forced his way into the next lane. The
    driver behind his shoulder wasnít happy. Donít sweat it,
    he thought. I learned to drive in a deuce-and-a-
    half. Time was when I would have rolled right over you.




    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: to drive in a deuce-and-a-half

    M35 2Ĺ ton cargo truck - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I've never heard of it, but apparently it was a US Army truck.

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    M35 family of trucks is a long-lived vehicle initially deployed by the United States Army, and subsequently utilized by many nations around the world. A truck in the 2Ĺ ton weight class, it was one of many vehicles in U.S. military service to have been referred to as the "deuce and a half."

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    Default Re: to drive in a deuce-and-a-half

    I think it refers to a "two-and-a-half ton truck".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: to drive in a deuce-and-a-half

    A "Deuce-and-a-half" was the slang name for a military 2 and a half ton truck: the M35. "Deuce" meaning "two"; a card playing term for the 2 of any suit, presumably from the French "Deux". Had the author indeed been driving such a large vehicle, he could certainly have driven right over the top of a normal-sized car.

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