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  • noun Driving a car slowly so as to maximize fuel efficiency.


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  • Consider the tactics of which some excessively enthusiastic American practitioners have been accused (although the originator of the term hypermiling says that they are

    Telegraph Blogs 2008

  • It's called hypermiling, but not everybody thinks it's such a good idea.

    CNN Transcript Jul 7, 2008 2008

  • In "hypermiling," a quirky new competitive pastime, the winning drivers have surpassed 150 miles per gallon in mass-produced hybrids.

    Efficient Drivers Cut Emissions, but Stir Up Hot Air 2009

  • Have you ever said "hypermiling" in your life, besides just now?

    CNN Transcript Nov 21, 2009 2009

  • If "hypermiling" is the 2008 Oxford Word Of The Year, Merriam-Webster counters with "bailout".

    2008 Merriam-Webster Word Of The Year 2008

  • If "hypermiling" is the 2008 Oxford Word Of The Year, Merriam-Webster counters with "bailout".

    Archive 2008-12-01 2008

  • More now from CNN space correspondent, and based on his reporting last hour on "hypermiling" Mr. Rolling Traffic Jam, Mr. Roadblock, miles O'Brien.

    CNN Transcript Jun 3, 2008 2008

  • CleanMPG. com founder Wayne Gerdes, an engineer from Illinois who coined the term "hypermiling" to describe the mileage-maximizing techniques, provided the pointers.

    X-bit labs 2009

  • Speaking of mileage, I've been hearing the term "hypermiling" a lot lately.

    ResearchBuzz 2009

  • Yaris, which is free, encourages useful global panic skills such as hypermiling with a subcompact, and is evocative of unemployment because hopefully someone lost their job over it.

    Kotaku 2009


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  • Oxford's 2008 word of the year.

    November 11, 2008

  • The only one of the 5 finalists I have heard in genuine use is toxic debt. I listed hypermiling because frogblast suggested it on a list of mine 4 months ago.

    frugalista? moofer? topless meeting? The last two sound very urban - and Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world - yet I've heard neither here.

    November 11, 2008

  • I came across this word in a newspaper article, probably online. But I've not heard it spoken. Ditto frugalista and topless meeting: seen but not heard.

    November 12, 2008

  • I've heard hypermiling several times, starting in December 2007.

    November 12, 2008