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lorry

[lawr-ee, lor-ee] /ˈlɔr i, ˈlɒr i/
noun, plural lorries.
1.
Chiefly British. a motor truck, especially a large one.
2.
any of various conveyances running on rails, as for transporting material in a mine or factory.
3.
a long, low, horse-drawn wagon without sides.
Origin of lorry
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; akin to dial. lurry to pull, drag, lug
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  • When Mr. lorry had finished his breakfast, he went out for a stroll on the beach.

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  • By this time, Mr. lorry dared to be pleasant with her, on occasion.

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  • It was easier for Mr. lorry to look in at Tellson's, than to look out of Tellson's.

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  • Mr. lorry said what he could to calm her, and went himself into the Doctor's room.

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  • Mr. lorry saw that they understood one another, and proceeded.

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  • Mr. lorry grasped his hand in return, and neither of the two spoke for a little while.

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  • "He has always kept it by him," said Mr. lorry, with an anxious look at his friend.

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  • He looked like his illustration, as he raised his eyes to Mr. lorry's face.

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British Dictionary definitions for lorry

lorry

/ˈlɒrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
a large motor vehicle designed to carry heavy loads, esp one with a flat platform US and Canadian name truck See also articulated vehicle
2.
(Brit, informal) off the back of a lorry, a phrase used humorously to imply that something has been dishonestly acquired: it fell off the back of a lorry
3.
any of various vehicles with a flat load-carrying surface, esp one designed to run on rails
Word Origin
C19: perhaps related to northern English dialect lurry to pull, tug
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Word Origin and History for lorry
n.

"a truck; a long, flat wagon," 1838, British railroad word, probably from verb lurry "to pull, tug" (1570s), of uncertain origin. Meaning "large motor vehicle for carrying goods" is first attested 1911.

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