Stopping fast on the road to spite the guy behind you. If it works out in your favor, it'll scare him shitless and he'll leave more room between you guys. If it works out the wrong way, your car is getting rear ended and damaged. Wouldn't recommend it
I brake checked a bus last night to send a message and ended up in the hospital.
by Rojava December 21, 2019
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While driving, hitting your brakes really hard to scare the crap out of the jerk driving two inches from your rear bumper.

Checking to make sure they have enough time to brake without rear-ending you (pissing them off).
This guy is driving way too close to my rear bumper, time to brake check him.
by Dustin December 3, 2003
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1. Act of slamming on the brakes in a car to make the person behind you slam on their breaks. (Checked their brakes)

2. Act of slamming on the brakes to make a passenger in your car fly forward.
1. I brake checked the idiot driving behind me.
2. My friend totally brake checked me and I hit the dash board and got knocked out.
by Cheen May 17, 2008
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The idiotic practice of trying to "teach bad drivers a lesson" by quickly pumping your brakes when someone is tailgating you. Can easily lead to a collision
I was driving home from work when some impatient asshole started tailgating me. I brake checked him, which made him rear end me. It's gonna cost a few thousand dollars to get me back bumper repaired.
by Heronator January 11, 2012
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1. (v) When a pedestrian intentionally and abruptly stops in front of another pedestrian who is walking closely behind them (in order to illicit a reaction).

2. (v) When a driver intentionally and abruptly breaks in front of another driver who is following them (in order to illicit a reaction).

3. (n) The act of break checking someone (see definitions 1 and 2).
1. "Dude, why'd you break check me?"

2. "If this guy behind me doesn't stop tailgating, I'm gonna break check 'em."

3. "When you walk closely behind someone, make sure to watch out for a brake check."
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The ILLEGAL act of intentionally slamming your own brakes in order for another driver tailgating you to rear-end your own car.

Many people do not realize it, but it is the person who slammed on his/her brakes that are at fault, not the tailgater.

If the police finds out about this, the tailgater will most likely be cited for following too close, and fined, but the brake checker will be arrested for reckless driving, and charged with a misdemeanor (or felony if someone gets injured or killed).
Brake checker: This driver behind me is following too close, time to brake check.

Tailgater: Your fault, not mine.

Brake checker: No, it's your fault, because you were following too close.

Tailgater: Let's see what the police says.

Police officer: Tailgater, this is a citation for following too close. Take care of that as soon as possible.

Tailgater: Thank you officer.

Brake checker: I'd better be on my way.

Police officer: No, you're coming with me. You're under arrest for driving recklessly with the intent to cause an accident.


Tailgater: U mad bro?
by brandonmorris1950 April 15, 2012
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The act of hitting the brake pedal lightly so that the brake lights come on although there's no brake action.

Usually used to get tailgaters to chill out.
That asshole was tailgating me so I gave him a soft brake check to get him to stop being an impatient idiot and let me finish my overtake.
by Dumonster June 25, 2014
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