or back-hoe, back hoe

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  1. a hydraulic excavating machine consisting of a tractor having an attached hinged boom, with a bucket with movable jaws on the end of the boom.

Origin of backhoe

First recorded in 1940–45; back1 + hoe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for backhoe

bulldozer, digger, backhoe, excavator, grader

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Word Origin and History for backhoe

by 1928, from back (n. or adj.) + hoe (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper