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A phrase commonly used to refer to someone who is hungry, tired or ill. Can be used to describe general mental or physical discomfort. Much like it's closely related counterpart "under the weather".

First usage took place in early 17th century England. During the Black Plague many people would be referred to as "under the buggy" or "under the horse". Evolving to present day we now use the more present term "car".

Etymology: Under, from the German word Unter or Untersglagen literally meaning the physical presence of one being underneath another object. The, from the Japanese word ザ or やその他のためにと literally meaning having the resemblance of a preword or explanatory vowel. Car, from the Catalan word cotxe meaning a form of motorized transportation.
- I don't know if I can work out today, I'm under the car.

- I'm under the car, I could really use a steak right now.
by The Real Rain Maker May 19, 2013
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