wrecker

[ rek-er ]
/ ˈrɛk ər /

noun

a person or thing that wrecks.
a person, car, or train employed in removing wreckage, debris, etc., as from railroad tracks.
Also called tow car, tow truck. a vehicle equipped with a mechanical apparatus for hoisting and pulling, used to tow wrecked, disabled, or stalled automobiles.
Also called housewrecker. a person whose business it is to demolish and remove houses or other buildings, as in clearing sites for other use.
a person or vessel employed in recovering salvage from wrecked or disabled vessels.
a person who plunders wrecks, especially after exhibiting false signals in order to cause shipwrecks.

Origin of wrecker

First recorded in 1795–1805; wreck + -er1
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wrecker

/ (ˈrɛkə) /

noun

a person or thing that ruins or destroys
mainly US and Canadian a person whose job is to demolish buildings or dismantle cars
(formerly) a person who lures ships to destruction to plunder the wreckage
US and Canadian another word for tow truck

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