We tooled down the street. (tool=drive)

I feel this expression is not used these days. What did you feel (as native English speakers) when you read(past read) this sentence? Is this expression acceptable and idiomatic?

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This sense is archaic in British English (and referred specifically to driving a coach and horses. It exists in American English only in the slang "tool around* (meaning going for a drive without any specfic destination). This is a usage that learners are unlikely to need.

See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tool_around and https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tool#Verb

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