This is a pretty comprehensive list. So, as you’re reading my stories, if you run across some funny words and want to know what they mean, here’s the definitions.
Aggravating Agitator – This term refers to a CB user who is trying to cause trouble.
A police car with its emergency lights flashing.
“Alice in Wonderland”
Someone who is lost or seeking directions.
See “Gator” Tread from the tire of an 18 wheeler on the road.
CB Base Station.
A Kenworth T600/T660 tractor, because of the long sloping tilt up hood.
“Baby Bear / Cub”
A rookie (or a very young) officer.
The area behind a vehicle or the last vehicle in a line. To say “I got your back door” means that someone is watching another’s back. “Knocking at your back door” means approaching from behind.
“Band-aid Buggy” / “Meat Wagon”
Radio installed at a fixed location, ie: a house or business.
A police officer. The terms “Smokey” & “Bear” are both direct references to Smokey Bear, a character image commonly seen along U.S. highways, as part of warnings not to cause wildfires. He wears a hat very similar to that of state highway patrol uniforms in the U.S.
An erratic or speeding driver.
A speeding ticket.
A police station.
“Bear / Smokey in a plain brown wrapper”
A law officer in an unmarked police car. The term “plain wrapper” is sometimes used, depending on the color of the vehicle.
“Bear In the Air” / “Spy in the sky”
A police aircraft.
“Bear In the Grass” / “Smokey in the bush”
A speed trap.
“Bear Taking Pictures”
Police with radar.
“Bear with a Customer”
A patrol officer who has pulled someone over.
“Bear With Ears”
A police officer listening to others on the CB.
Schneider company truck.
Roadway Express company truck.
Interstate highway, as opposed to smaller highways and city streets.
Air brakes. As in “hitting the binders” means hitting the brakes.
“Black and White”
High beams (headlights).
“Blue Light” / “Blue Light Special”
A law enforcement vehicle, especially with a stopped motorist.
“Blow My Doors Off”
Usually means passing someone with great speed. Can mean a very loud CB radio
A semi-tractor operating without a trailer.
A traffic slowdown.
“Breaker 1-9” / “Breaker, Breaker”
Telling other CB users that you’d like to start a transmission on channel 19. (“One-nine” refers to channel 19, the most widely used among truck drivers).
Your radio transmission is cutting in and out.
“Brush Your Teeth and Comb Your Hair”
Radar gun ahead (you’re going to get your picture taken).
“Bull Rack”/”Cattle Wagon”
A tailgating vehicle.
A United Parcel Service truck.
A Stevens Transport company truck, because the birds on the truck all face the same direction as if flying in a circle.
Term for tractors designed with the cab directly over the engine.
Police radar unit.
A RV, such as a Motorhome. AKA a “Portable House”.
Police car located within a construction zone.
Refers to a toll booth or toll plaza.
Police car past radar set-up.
“Catch Some Z’s”
Get some sleep.
Stands for Citizens Band radio and is what truckers use to communicate on the road.
“Cheap Hardly Effective Virtually Runs On Luck Every Time”
Acronym for a Chevrolet Vehicle.
“Checking My Eyelids for Pinholes”
Old CB slang for a police checkpoint placed to look for drunk drivers, etc. This looks like a roadblock.
“Chicken Coop” or “Coop”
Weigh station. (“Hey East bound are the coops open or closed?”)
“Chicken Truck” / “Portable Runway”
Usually an owner operator with more than the usual number of lights outlining all sides of the truck and trailer. Also called a portable runway since at night, from an airplane it must look like a moving runway.
“Chief Hood Lifter”
Service Manager at a truck repair garage
“Choke and Puke”
Roadside diner (After the poor quality of food at some establishments).
Refers to local law enforcement monitoring a particular stretch of interstate which runs through their jurisdiction.
“Clean and Green”
As in, “You’re clean and green back to the 180”. There are no bears or slowdowns back to the 180 mile marker.
Drug Enforcement Police, usually used when a car is pulled over and being searched.
“Come Back / Come On”
A request for someone to acknowledge a transmitted message or reply to a question. (“Hey East bound how about a bear report, come back.”)
Refers to the median between a divided highway.
A trucker’s log book.
Prostitute who hangs out on the radio looking for her next job, usually around truck stops.
Prison Transport used by the Department Of Corrections, terminology is named for the caged wagons used to haul convicts to prison and/or to executions in the US in the 19th century. Usually it is a large bus that is the size of a standard city bus, painted white, has the D.O.C. markings on it, state or Federal markings on it as well.
A group of 3 or more truckers in a line, usually exceeding the speed limit.
Receiving a message (you got a copy on this radio?).
A Navistar International truck (formerly International Harvester).
A John Deere tractor.
(CFI) Consolidated Freight Lines company truck.
A Sheriff’s deputy car.
A trailer that resembles a Covered Wagon of the old west, normally used for carrying steel rolls.
Refers to an individual on a sport bike (motorcycle) riding recklessly. Usually used as a warning to other drivers to watch for erratic behavior.
“Dead-head” / “Dead-heading”
A truck operating with an empty trailer. (“I’ve got to deadhead 130 miles to pick up my next load.”)
Slow moving car or truck.
A Chevrolet truck
“Diesel Cop” / “Diesel Bear” / “D.O.T. Bear”
State department of transportation personnel, usually enforcing weight limits and safety rules.
The East coast of the country.
The flashing emergency lights of a law enforcement vehicle.
When more than one emergency vehicle are gathered with their lights flashing.
Department of Transportation – responsible for vehicle safety.
Making a phone call on a landline.
The 55 mph speed limit for trucks.
“Down and Out”
Finished talking on the radio.
“Down and On The Side”
Finished talking but still listening to the radio.
Tired driver that is weaving all over the road.
“Dressed for the Ball”
Listening to the radio to find out road conditions.
A polite form of address used when you do not know someone’s on-the-air nickname. (See “Handle”)
“Drop and Hook”
Unhooking and leaving a trailer and picking up another one at a certain location.
“Drop the Hammer Down”
Pressing the accelerator to full speed.
Trailers that don’t have refrigerated units on the front and so haul non-temperature controlled freight.
CB radio (ex: “How bout ya JB, got ya ears on?”)
“Easy Chair” / “Rocking Chair”
Middle vehicles in 3 or more trucks in a convoy.
“Eaten By a Bear”
Someone who is arrested by police, you can see the arrested person in the patrol car, especially if said patrol car has a “cage” in it.
A Tractor/Semi-trailer or transport truck with trailer.
A police officer on a motorcycle.
A reversal of the ten code “10-4”, when asking if someone agrees with something said, or to ask if one’s transmission was received. (“That was a nasty wreck. Four-ten?”)
“Feed The Bear”
Pay a traffic fine.
A road traffic accident/crash.
Part of the tractor that the trailer hitches onto.
“Fixed Overhauled Reconditioned Dodge”,”Fixed Or Repaired Daily”, “Found On Roadside Dead”
Acronym for Ford cars and trucks.
“Flash For Cash”
“Flip-flop” / “Flip-side”
The return leg of a trip. (ex: “Catch you on the flip-flop” means “I’ll contact you again on the way back.”)
Short for the ten code 10-4, which means acknowledged, okay, etc.
While this is commonly used to refer to a four-wheel-drive vehicle (such as a jeep or pickup), among truck drivers it refers to any vehicle with only 2 axles, as distinguished from an “eighteen-wheeler” (a semi truck).
“Four Wheel Phone Booth”
Someone using a cell phone while driving.
Another term for a Freightliner truck.
The first vehicle in the line of a convoy and is supposed to watch for bears.
“Full-Grown” / “Full Grown Bear”
A state policeman/trooper.
“Gator” / “Alligator”
A large piece of a truck tire’s tread in the roadway. The name comes from the tire tread’s resemblance to the scaly ridges of an alligator’s back, or the propensity for these pieces of tread to be drawn up between the cab and trailer by the air currents of a truck at highway speeds “like a snapping gator”, and sever the air brake lines between the tractor and the trailer. Most newer trucks have shield plates designed to prevent this.
Smaller pieces of shredded tire usually preceding a larger piece of “gator” or “gator back”.
Shifting into neutral on a down grade to gain speed without using fuel.
Truck carrying Hummers, soldiers, tanks or other military equipment.
Invitation for someone to speak that asked for a break on the CB.
“Go-go Juice” / “Motion Lotion” / “Pusholine”
Fuel (usually Diesel, since large trucks seldom run on gasoline.)
In the 1970s, this was the stereotypical term for a friend or acquaintance on a CB radio. It is now the modern term for a homosexual.
This has replaced “good buddy” as the acceptable term for friend.
“Got Bit By A Bear”
Received a ticket.
“Got Your Ears On?”
Asking the receiver if they are on the air and listening.
A toll road since on most maps toll roads are highlighted in a green color.
“Grocery Grabber / Grocery Getter”
A Minivan, station wagon, or other family car.
The far right lane (slow lane).
“Gum Ball Machine” / “Bubble Gum Machine”
Refers to a popular style of rotating light used by many state police and some other law enforcement agencies of the roof.
Power amplifier / Linear, used to boost transmission power.
Vehicle moving fast (“smokey is west bound and hammer down) or telling someone to move faster (come on, hammer down!).
The far left lane (fast lane).
The nickname a CB user uses in CB transmissions. Other CB users will refer to the user by this nickname. To say “What’s your handle?” is to ask another user for their CB nickname.
A driver who appears to be drunk or is driving recklessly.
Hazardous materials – which requires a special license to haul and placards on the trailer.
“Hauling Fence Post Holes” / “Hauling Sailboat Fuel” / “Hauling Dispatcher Brains”
Hooked to an empty trailer.
“Hitting the Jackpot”
Getting stopped by a state trooper. Lights on trooper cars look like slot machine lights.
“Hole In The Wall”
Where’s your hometown.
“How ‘Bout Ya?”
A query used when seeking another, usually followed by their CB handle, or some other identifier if you don’t know their handle.
“How Many Candles Are You Burning?”
Asking how old someone is.
Losing traction on the roads due to icy conditions; can refer to either the trucker, or witnessing it happen to someone else.
“I’m / We Gone”
Indicates that one is finished transmitting and may not be listening to the conversation any longer, or may be traveling out of receiving range. Equivalent to “Signing off”, “Out”, or “Clear” in formalized radio voice procedure.
Jacobs engine retarder brake used to help slow rigs on down grades. Now used to mean any similar system using engine compression to hold back a rig on a down grade (IE. the pac brake = pacific engine brake). Both make a loud roaring sound. Some townships have bylaws in place that limit the use of such brakes in residential or other areas due to the noise.
“Jibber Jabber on Channel 9”
Someone using foreign language on Channel 9, which is not illegal. Channel 9 on the CB is supposed to be used
to report emergencies.
A GMC tractor.
“Joke Book”/”Comic Book”
A trucker’s log book.
“Keep It Between the Ditches” / Keep The Bugs Off Your Glass and Trouble Off Your Ass” / Keep The Shiny Side Up and The Greasy Side Down”
Have a great trip and drive safely.
To engage the microphone button. ex: “When did you key up your mike last?
“Kick a Tire” / “Watering the Tires”
To urinate alongside the truck or trailer near the rear tires of either one.
“Kick It In”
What the person who is being called will say on his radio as a response. (for example: “How ’bout ‘cha, Blue Beard. You got a copy on Shamrock?” “This is Blue Beard. Kick it in.”)
“Kicker” / “Boots” / “Shoes”
A Linear Amplifier that is used to boost the transmitting power of a CB Radio above the legal limit.
Refers to a school bus.
K-Whopper” / “Kitty-Whopper” / “K-Wobbler” / “KW”
A Kenworth Tractor.
The amount of time it takes once the brakes are pressed, for the air in the braking system to reach from the tractor all the way back to the trailer brakes.
“Lights Green, Bring On The Machine”
Road is clear of police and obstructions.
Illinois bound Traffic, not Chicago.
“Little White Pills”
Stimulants used to keep the driver awake on long hauls. Mentioned in Dave Dudley’s original version of the song “Six Days on the Road”. These days used more as just a saying than actually taking anything illegal because of mandatory drug testing for all drivers. So can actually mean another cup of coffee or caffeine-filled stimulants.
“Load” / “Loaded” / “Getting Loaded”
When a driver picks up a load he is picking up freight for his next run (getting loaded). Loaded means his trailer is full of freight.
“Local Yokel” / “City Kitty” / “Town Clown”
A law officer with a city or township police force, seldom encountered on interstate highways.
Where a driver is required by federal law to record all of his working, driving and sleeping time.
“Logging Some Z’s”
Getting some sleep.
“Lookin’ for Local”
A driver looking for local information, usually trying to find a shipper or receiver.
Prostitute, especially one that frequents truck stops.
The last mile of any trip.
“Make a trip”
Change to another channel (“did you make the trip?” to an upper or lower CB channel).
“Mama Bear” / “Honey bear”
A female law enforcement officer.
Every interstate is marked each mile with a little green sign with white numbers on it to show how many miles you are from either the western edge of the state or the southern edge of the state. A driver should always know about what mile marker she’s at in case something happens or a cop is spotted. (sometimes the signs are white with black lettering)
Motel or rest stop.
“Office on Wheels”
Office workers using the car as an office while in traffic.
A civilian motorcyclist, especially one without a helmet, usually driving erratically and/or under the influence.
One who operates an illegally modified CB radio, often broadcasting outside the regulated frequencies.
“Over and Out”
Phrase meaning the CB’er is stopping talking and either turning the CB off or going to another channel.
A police supervisor.
Police giving speeding ticket.
A car-hauler. Also means a jam-up on the interstate.
“Pay Wagon”/”Piggy Bank”
An armored car.
“Pete” / “Petercar” / “Poor Boy”
A Peterbilt Tractor.
An interstate rest area frequented by prostitutes. Also used for rest areas in general since families tend to stop and use them for picnics/meals.
“Picture-taker” / “Smokey taking pictures” / “Kojak with a “Kodak” / “Hemorrhoid with a Polaroid”
A law officer monitoring traffic with a radar gun. Today, this can also refer to an automated speed camera.
“Plain (Brown) / (White) Wrapper”
Unmarked police car (often referred to by the car’s actual color).
An all-white highway patrol car.
“Portable Barn Yard”
“Portable Parking Lot” / “Mobile Parking Lot”
A car hauler
What truck drivers sometimes call themselves.
“Protecting and Serving” / “With a Customer”
Officer with a car pulled over.
A Schneider National company truck – because of the orange color of their tractors and trailers.
“Put the Hammer Down” / “Put the Pedal to the Metal” / “Put It On The Floor and Looking For More”
Slang for flooring the accelerator.
“Radio Car” / “Super Trooper”
Either a marked or unmarked state trooper vehicle sporting additional antenna on the trunk or sides of the vehicle.
Asking to see if radio is working (“Breaker 1-9, can I get a radio check?”).
As in trying to reach someone on the radio – trying to “raise” them.
“Raking the Leaves”
Refers to the last person in the convoy, who watches for cops coming from behind.
An obnoxious person talking non-stop and saying nothing.
To receive or hear someone (“I read you loud and clear”).
A refrigerated trailer, identified by the large refrigeration unit on the front. Used for transporting produce, meats, other food products and perishable items that need to be temperature controlled. Usually cooled or frozen but sometimes in cold weather there are commodities that need to be kept warm.
Term referring to a truck taking a load from another truck that cannot make the destination. This is usually done if the original truck has broken down, the previous driver has run out of hours, or if the load has a long way to go and needs a team that can run with the load 24/7 and to get the load to the destination faster.
Truck or truck and trailer.
A truck stop dope dealer who charges extremely high prices.
A bulk liquid trailer round in shape with no internal baffles to break up the sloshing of any liquid it’s carrying.
Lunch wagon or food trucks that frequent large businesses so that employees don’t have to leave for meals.
“Road Ho” / “Road Juliet”
Refers to a female escort usually found at truck stops and rest areas that wants to ride along with drivers they pick up.
An animal that has been run over and flattened on the pavement.
Any trucks that are in between the front door and back door of a convoy – if the front and back doors are doing their job it means anyone in the rocking chair can relax.
Means yes or okay.
“Rolling refinery”/”Portable Gas Station”
A tank truck carrying fuel.
Vehicles that further slow down or impede already congested traffic by rotating their heads 180 degrees to view the accident or traffic incident and not paying attention to the road ahead.
“Safe Driving Award”
Traffic Ticket While Being Pulled Over by Police or the DOT.
A term used to describe the activity of a person not participating in conversation but listening only, despite having the capability of speaking. This is not the same as listening in using a simple receiver, as the person doing this activity can transmit using the two-way radio, but chooses not to. It is done to monitor people for entertainment or for gathering information about the actions of others. Often, CBer’s will
to listen to others’ responses to their previous input to a conversation, sometimes referred to a “reading the mail.”
Orange barrels filled with sand at construction sites to serve as a protective barrier for construction workers against moving traffic. The term is a reference to Schneider, a large trucking company known for its orange-painted trucks.
A attractive female passenger in a vehicle.
“Shaking the Trees”
Refers to the truck driver in the lead in a convoy, watching out for troopers up ahead.
Mobile home hauler.
“Shoot You In The Back”
Police with a radar gun aimed at vehicles as they pass him (“Eastbound watch at the 210 mile marker. You got a bear in the bushes shootin’ you in the back).
Side of the road (“got a bear up here on the shoulder with a four-wheeler”)
“Show Off Lane”
A flatbed truck or trailer.
Bunk area on the back of a truck cab where a driver sleeps.
Prostitute, especially one that frequents truck stops.
Some trucking companies, if you take time off they make you clean out your truck and when you get back, even if it’s just for a couple days they give you a different truck
A law officer, particularly one from a state police or highway Patrol force. A “smokey or bear report” is what CB users say when they have information on a law officer, such as location or current activities.
“Smokey’s Got A Customer”
A cop who pulled someone over.
“Stepping On” / “Walked On”
Somebody trying to talk at the same time you are (“can you repeat that somebody just stepped on you”).
A trucker hauling explosives.
While driving up Interstate 81 a driver might say he’s going to jump on 80th
street East. Drivers call the Interstates streets since they get to know the US like their hometown.
New York State Police patrol car because of the colors used on the car
Truck Driver Ignoring The Speed Limit / Traffic Laws.
A trucker’s log book.
Police operating a radar gun.
The rear wheels on a trailer.
“Team Drivers” / “Running Team”
A truck in which one driver sleeps in the back while the other one drives. Except for fuel, meals and bathroom stops, the truck runs 24/7. Teams are used to get freight delivered from point A to B faster than a solo driver can legally take it.
“10-4” / “4-10” / “4-Roger” / “4” / “That’s a Four” /
Affirmative. Can also be used to denote agreement (“That’s a big 10-4.”)
Repeat what was just said.
“10-20” (more often simply “20”)
Denotes location, as in identifying one’s location (“My 20 is on Main Street and First”), asking the receiver what their current location is (“What’s your 20?”), or inquiring about the location of a third person (“Ok, people, I need a 20 on Little Timmy and fast”).
An emergency situation (“You got a 10-33 at yardstick 136, they got 4-wheelers all piled up”)
Asking for the correct time (“Can I get a 10-36?”) Drivers must log their working hours in their logbook according to the time of their home terminal. If your home terminal is on the east coast and you’re delivering in California you might ask for a time check since California is on Pacific time, therefore 3 hours behind your east coast time.
Driver pulling a chemical trailer.
“Thirteen Letter Shit Spreader”
An International truck.
Picking up and delivering a load. (“This trip I picked up in the Buckeye and I’m headed to Shakey.”)
Someone who is chasing tornadoes or other storms.
A truck and trailer hooked together are a unit.
“United Package Smashers”
United Parcel Service truck.
“Wall To Wall Bears”
Cops are everywhere.
“Wall To Wall and Treetop Tall”
Very strong CB signal.
“Walking The Dog”
Very clear CB reception.
A driver who is weaving, due to lack of sleep or excess of alcohol.
“Window Washer” / “Free Truck Wash”
“Wiggle Wagon” / “Widowmaker” / “Set of Joints”
A semi truck pulling two or more trailers in tandem.
“Yard” / “Junk Yard”
Name of a driver’s home terminal of whatever company they drive for.
Driver of the yard truck.
Short truck used for pulling semi-trailers in shipping yards.
Mile marker on interstate highways.
“Your Telephone Is Ringing”
Somebody is calling for you on the CB.
Painted dashed line dividing lanes (“He is hogging the zipper”).
Atlanta, Georgia or Amarillo, Texas
New York City
St. Louis, Missouri (After the Gateway Arch)
“The Big Easy”
New Orleans, Louisiana
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Chattanooga, Tennessee (After the song “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”).
Fort Worth, Texas
Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby.
Interstate Highway 10
“The Dirty Side”
The east coast of the country.
U.S. Route 22
St. Louis, Missouri
San Francisco Bay area
Casper, Wyoming (After the cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost)
State of Indiana
“Indy 5, Indy 500”
State of Pennsylvania
New Orleans, Louisiana
“New Jersey Termite”
New Jersey Turnpike
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where I-40, I-35 and I-44 all cross paths.
Salt Lake City, Utah
California because of the earthquakes.
Los Angeles, California so nicknamed because of the earthquakes that occur there.
“Steel City” / “Steel Town”
Las Vegas, Nevada (Also called “Dice City”, “Gambling Town”, “Lost Wages”)
Area 51, other areas known for UFO activity.
Back of the Truck Called