back·​hoe ˈbak-ˌhō How to pronounce backhoe (audio)
: 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

Examples of backhoe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Joy Road overpass was damaged in June when a semi-truck carrying a backhoe on a flatbed crashed into it. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 11 July 2024 Monday’s groundbreaking was held against the backdrop of a backhoe clawing the wall of one of the complex’s eight buildings, two already torn down to the foundation. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 25 June 2024 The backhoe tearing up a dead-end street in Virginia Gardens on Friday morning marked the beginning of another small win against street flooding, a project backed by state funding last year. Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald, 15 June 2024 Wallace is a friendly, bearded, open-collar sort who always seemed five minutes from revving up a backhoe. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 8 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for backhoe 

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backhoe was in 1928

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“Backhoe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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back·​hoe -ˌhō How to pronounce backhoe (audio)
: a large machine that digs into the earth with a metal scoop drawn toward the machine

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