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

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Deputies brought in cadaver dogs and used a backhoe to search the property. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Cold case detectives search Ohio farm in couple's separate disappearances in 1994 and 2003," 9 Sep. 2018 The ruins of a mosque that collapsed in Lading-Lading village while people prayed inside was being pulled apart by a backhoe in search of victims. Fox News, "The Latest: Pope prays for dead and consolation for grieving," 6 Aug. 2018 On a rainy recent morning, the neighborhood was busy with churning backhoes and Environmental Protection Agency inspectors pulling asbestos out of some sites. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "Devastated by wildfire, a California city weighs rebuilding amid a housing crunch," 14 Jan. 2018 Jennifer Henderson, of Millville, New Jersey, posted a video online Monday of her husband, Eric, tapping a tree while driving in a backhoe loader. Felicia Gans,, "How bad is the pollen? One man tapped a tree with a backhoe loader to find out," 9 May 2018 Silent Sam's century-long presence in the center of a main quadrangle ended around midnight after workers covered it with a tarp, lifted it with a backhoe and put it into the back of a truck for a trip to an undisclosed storage location. Fox News, "Top UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling," 21 Aug. 2018 The bulldozers and backhoes that Hernandez would need to uncover his parents are at the bottom of the hill, concentrating on re-opening a highway blocked by a mountain of ash and boulders. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "At Guatemala volcano, families left on own to keep searching," 8 June 2018 The 110-year-old company now uses its backhoe to dig graves in the tiny town of Hay and LaCrosse. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Rural telecom companies go beyond offering telephone and broadband," 24 June 2018 A few weeks ago a backhoe moved into a corner lot in Seattle’s Central Area and, in the space of a few days, wiped away the quaint, 118-year-old wood-frame building that stood there. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "What if a historic church is torn down, but nobody notices?," 20 Apr. 2018

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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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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