- a series of buckets that move in a continuous chain, used to dredge riverbeds, etc, or to excavate land
- (as modifier)a bucket-ladder dredger
Where Did The Strange Expression “Hair Of The Dog” Come From?If you woke up on New Year’s Day feeling as if you had been hit by a truck, you may have sought a hangover remedy with an infamously odd name: the hair of the dog. A morning drink may be the last thing you want after a night of boozing. But that’s exactly what this quirky English expression means. Originally, the expression referred to a method of treating a …
Are New Idioms Ever Created?Many idioms—expressions that are not taken literally—are so old and so familiar that we don’t think twice about using them. We say, for example, “it’s raining cats and dogs” to indicate that it’s pouring outside, and “comfortable as an old shoe” to explain an easy and familiar relationship. We can trace the etymology of some idioms to books and sayings that were first used hundreds …
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A suction dredger being unsuited to the work, a bucket-ladder dredger was employed.