- wrecker's ball,
- wrecking bar
Origin of wrecker
Examples from the Web for wrecker
A wrecker who had gone to watch the shore, saw, as the sun went down, a full-rigged vessel standing off and on.Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4|Charles Dudley Warner
With a quick turn of the ropes he had brought, Tom had the wrecker trussed up.The Moving Picture Boys on the Coast|Victor Appleton
What a different line of country to be trying to draw Adela, and trying to write the last four chapters of The Wrecker!The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
The millionaire came readily to help; and it was with his money that the wrecker gang was to be fought.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
And so she wears no stockings—and so shes called the Wrecker, his sister added, with inconsequent effect.
1804, in reference to those who salvage cargos from wrecked ships, from wreck (n.). In Britain often with a overtones of "one who causes a shipwreck in order to plunder it" (1820); but in 19c. Bahamas and the Florida Keys it could be a legal occupation. Applied to those who wreck and plunder institutions from 1882. Meaning "demolition worker" attested by 1958. As a type of ship employed in salvage operations, from 1789. As a railway vehicle with a crane or hoist, from 1904.