lor·​ry | \ ˈlȯr-ē How to pronounce lorry (audio) , ˈlär-\
plural lorries

Definition of lorry

chiefly British

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Typically people are arrested on the street and not allowed to collect their belongings, savings or sometimes even children before being loaded onto lorries. The Economist, "On the edge of the Sahara, people mourn the decline of people-smuggling," 5 July 2018 Unlike those classics, though, the music video features turbaned dancers in flashy kurtas belting out Punjabi lyrics while gyrating to bhangra beats, before a stage-set of lorries. The Economist, "An all-American industry changes the all-American way," 3 May 2018 This summer a trial of an automated electronic system will begin in Orje, north of Svinesund, but even here most lorries will stop. The Economist, "Norway’s border shows the problems Brexit could create in Ireland," 24 Feb. 2018 Since 1993, the tracks played host only to the occasional handmade, bamboo lorry, an interim fix to help transport locals, goods, and U.N. officials between remote villages. Eli Meixler / Phnom Penh, Time, "Riding the Rails: Phnom Penh's Airport Train Is a Milestone for Cambodia," 4 June 2018 The roads are no better: 1m lorries a year travel through the pass and long tailbacks are common. The Economist, "The Malmo-Palermo expressTwo giant engineering projects will alter the European landscape," 22 Mar. 2018 Every year, 2 million lorries pass through this small town on their way to and from the port. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 The Frenchman, famed for his second-hand Mini, appeared to collide with a lorry in Central London and the damage to his beloved car was substantial, as photos in The Sun showed. SI.com, "PHOTO: Chelsea Star N'Golo Kante Posed for Pictures With Fans After Damaging Car Before EFL Cup Tie," 11 Jan. 2018 The lorries are everywhere, barreling across the junction. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of lorry

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lorry

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