hook and ladder


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

Origin of hook and ladder

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
Also called hook-and-ladder truck, ladder truck.
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Examples from the Web for hook and ladder

Historical Examples of hook and ladder

  • Come here, Tony,” he called, “and bring the hook-and-ladder.

  • Pick up your hook-and-ladder wagon and put it back where it belongs.

  • "The Hook-and-Ladder is short-handed to-night," said Monkey.

    Phaeton Rogers

    Rossiter Johnson

  • Galloping down the street came the splendid big fire-horses drawing the hook-and-ladder.

    All About Johnnie Jones

    Carolyn Verhoeff

  • If spry, we caught a glimpse of the hook-and-ladder from the top of the hill, or the horses galloping up the slope.

    Hints to Pilgrims

    Charles Stephen Brooks