Definition of backhoe
: an excavating machine having a bucket that is attached to a rigid bar hinged to a boom and that is drawn toward the machine in operation
Recent Examples of backhoe from the Web
The siege ended when tactical teams used a backhoe to breach the building and rescue a female counselor.
A contractor's backhoe hit and broke a gas line while working at the site of the former Landscaping Barn, which burned down in May, Stephanie Reitz said.
Crews with bulldozers and backhoes worked to clear away building debris and wrecked cars in a large area around the 15-foot-deep bomb crater, sealed off by hundreds of police.
Also construction equipment maker JCB has made all of its engines biodiesel compatible, so that the backhoes breaking ground around town might smell a bit sweeter.
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Definition of backhoe for English Language Learners
: a large machine that digs into the ground with a metal scoop
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