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chuck wagon

noun
1.
Western U.S. a wagon carrying cooking facilities and food for serving people working outdoors, as at a ranch or lumber camp.
Origin of chuck wagon
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65
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Examples from the Web for chuck wagon
Historical Examples
  • Pong, what are you going to give us out of the chuck wagon in the morning?

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • Item: Four mules for the chuck wagon, and two for the bed wagon.

    Stepsons of Light Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • "Hike for the chuck wagon, boys," shouted Ted, as he came up.

    Ted Strong in Montana

    Edward C. Taylor
  • I was in that water-logged, four-wheeled hulk of a chuck wagon an' I couldn't overhaul 'em, sir, 'though I gave chase.

    Hopalong Cassidy Clarence E. Mulford
  • "She'll hold until to-morrow, anyhow, or till we can bring th' chuck wagon full of tools an' rocks down here," Hopalong replied.

    Hopalong Cassidy Clarence E. Mulford
  • The Chinaman, having heard his name spoken, was peering inquiringly from the tail of the chuck wagon.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • "Lumpy's over behind the chuck wagon," answered the cowboy of whom the question had been asked.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • "You will find your stuff rolled up under the chuck wagon, boys," said Stallings.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • If you can't keep shut, the boss'll be for making you sleep under the chuck wagon.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • They had found him asleep under the chuck wagon, whence he was hauled out, feet first, by one of the returning guards.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
British Dictionary definitions for chuck wagon

chuck wagon

noun
1.
a wagon carrying provisions and cooking utensils for men, such as cowboys, who work in the open
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from chuck² (beef, food)
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