hook and ladder


a fire engine, usually a tractor-trailer, fitted with long, extensible ladders and other equipment.

Nearby words

  1. hoogh,
  2. hoogh, pieter de,
  3. hooghly,
  4. hook,
  5. hook and eye,
  6. hook bolt,
  7. hook check,
  8. hook of holland,
  9. hook or crook,
  10. hook shot

Origin of hook and ladder

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35

Also called hook-and-ladder truck, ladder truck.

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