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noun [countable] tire pronunciation in American English /ˈtaɪr/
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  1. 1
    the rubber cover of a wheel, that is filled with air
    a flat tire (=a tire without air in it):

    Oh no! Not another flat tire!

  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    kick the tires to look and try or test a vehicle or another object before you buy it

    I only kicked the tires on a few apps.

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