- wrecker's ball,
- wrecking bar,
- wrecking car,
- wrecking crane,
Origin of wrecking
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of wreck
Examples from the Web for wrecking
In a country where stability is still fragile and requires careful tending, Ebola is a wrecking ball.
And what did Cyrus tell her hair-tossing protégée, besides “Return the wrecking ball NOW, lady”?
You come in like a wrecking ball Never hit so hard in love All I wanted was some breakfast, Daaad.
His first shows were in Asbury Park, at a small run down Convention Hall that appeared destined for the wrecking ball.Springsteen, Seeger, and the Joy of Political Music|Howard Wolfson|February 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tongues were wagging when Miley Cyrus released the R-rated video for her song “Wrecking Ball.”Rob Ford, Kid President, What the Fox Say?, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|December 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So China has at last been driven to make a desperate stand against the encroachments of the curse which is wrecking her.Drugging a Nation|Samuel Merwin
Thieves took advantage of the wrecking of lighting plants to plunder deserted houses and even to rob survivors of the flood.
The wrecking of a brandy-store or plundering palaces and shops.The Green Book|Mr Jkai
He dragged a wooden case from beneath his cot and smashed at the lid with a wrecking bar.Two Thousand Miles Below|Charles Willard Diffin
There was nothing to do now for the engineer and fireman of No. 999 but to await the arrival of the wrecking crew.Ralph on the Overland Express|Allen Chapman
- the accidental destruction of a ship at sea
- the ship so destroyed
Word Origin for wreck
early 13c., "goods cast ashore after a shipwreck, flotsam," from Anglo-French wrec, from Old Norse *wrek (cf. Norwegian, Icelandic rek) "wreck, flotsam," related to reka "to drive, push" (see wreak). The meaning "a shipwreck" is first recorded mid-15c.; that of "a wrecked ship" is from c.1500. General sense of "remains of anything that has been ruined" is recorded from 1713; applied by 1795 to dissipated persons.
"to destroy, ruin," c.1500, from wreck (n.). Related: Wrecked; wrecking. Earlier (12c.) it meant "drive out or away, remove;" also "take vengeance."