Origin of wrecker
Related Words for wreckeruneasy, stiff, tight, labored, tense, constrained, nervous, shaky, strained, edgy, anxious, apprehensive, agitated, jittery, restive, excited, stressful, afraid, restless, fidgety
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Historical Examples of wrecker
He knows them, now, for false lights on the wrecker's coast.Holbein
The Wrecker is a wild and interesting story which had a large success.Robert Louis Stevenson
Margaret Moyes Black
"That's what I'm trying to tell you," went on Wrecker calmly.
Now, skip over there, Wrecker, and hide with the fellows in the bushes.
Then Dick talked in whispers with Wrecker for a few moments.
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.