big rig


plural big rigs
: a large truck with an attached trailer that is used for hauling freight : semitrailer sense 2
A father and grandfather, Brubaker worked behind the wheel of a big rig for over a decade before transferring to a supervisory role.Deirdre Reilly
He formerly drove a big rig for a freight company.Jim Kleinpeter

Examples of big rig in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organization also has looked at shifting public policy to regulate burn days, when old orchards are set afire, and electrify big rigs that rely on diesel fuel, a key polluter on the main highways that bring agriculture from the valley to cities in the north and south. Eduardo Cuevas, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2024 Many truck drivers serving the ports are independent owner-operators, running their own small businesses with their big rigs instead of working for a large company with a fleet. Tony Briscoe, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2024 While most of the attention on transitioning the commercial fleets to clean technology has focused on electric vehicles, some say that hydrogen fuel offers many benefits that big rigs powered by heavy electric batteries cannot. Kristin J. Bender, The Mercury News, 16 May 2024 There were supposed to be no new fossil fueled big rigs granted access to California’s ports starting in January, under a landmark air-quality rule approved by state officials. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for big rig 

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of big rig was in 1946

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“Big rig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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