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

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

Examples of backhoe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another showed a backhoe lifting a muddy van so that rescuers could reach the ground underneath. New York Times, "At Least 12 Dead in 2 Landslides in Indonesia," 9 Jan. 2021 Parents abandoned the backhoe and set to the earth with shovels. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "QAnon, Blood Libel, and the Satanic Panic," 29 Sep. 2020 Pinnick brought over a backhoe and a helper to remove the dead grass and do the grading. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two WaterSmart winners: Budget-smart beauty and colorful cottage," 5 Dec. 2020 Yellow crime scene tape ringed the perimeter of the area, with a large John Deere backhoe and large chunks of concrete rubble in the yard. Sig Christenson,, "With demolition of Randolph-area homes, Air Force wins skirmish in long war on ‘encroachment’," 10 Nov. 2020 Police tell Bay News 9 that Blight stole the backhoe on Saturday from a construction site. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Florida man steals backhoe, uses it to knock down Biden signs, reports say," 27 Oct. 2020 Cheap, but tethered to transit Before Culdesac’s backhoe went in, the Tempe site was a neighborhood eyesore. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood," 31 Oct. 2020 Smith said the district needs to replace a backhoe and may need to buy a truck. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, "Solid waste district sees revenue growth," 29 Oct. 2020 One man's backhoe rampage across a Central Florida town destroyed several front yards and multiple Biden-Harris campaign signs, according to Haines City Police. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Backhoe thief drove through Florida town allegedly digging up Biden-Harris campaign signs," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of backhoe

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backhoe was in 1928

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21 Jan 2021

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“Backhoe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of backhoe

US : a large machine that digs into the ground with a metal scoop

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