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pedal

noun [C] uk   /ˈped.əl/ us  
B2 a small part of a machine or object that is pushed down with the foot to operate or move the machine or object: the brake/accelerator pedal This sewing machine is operated by a foot pedal. He stood up on the pedals of his bike to get extra power as he cycled up the hill.

pedal

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈped.əl/ us  
operated by a pedal or pedals: a pedal bike/boat/car She emptied the ashtray into the pedal bin.

pedal

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈped.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) us  
to push the pedals of a bicycle round with your feet: He struggled to pedal his bicycle up the hill. We were pedalling like mad (= very fast) against the wind, but didn't seem to be getting anywhere.
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