wrecking car

  1. a car that is equipped as a wrecker.: Compare wrecker (def. 2).

Origin of wrecking car

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65

Words Nearby wrecking car

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How to use wrecking car in a sentence

  • It consisted of a wrecking car, a caboose, and one coach with tender and engine.

    Robert Hardy's Seven Days | Charles Monroe Sheldon
  • "If you will take a bit of help from an outsider, I think we needn't wait for the wrecking-car," he said to the dubious trainmen.

    A Fool For Love | Francis Lynde
  • This occurred under the lee of a cliff, so we went in search with wrecking car the next day.

  • Here, men,” he called to his assistants on the wrecking car, “fetch this fellow into the shanty yonder.

    Ralph on the Engine | Allen Chapman
  • The best thing to do is to get a wrecking car here; meantime, the trestle should be guarded.

    Ralph on the Engine | Allen Chapman