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

Definition of lorry

chiefly British

Examples of lorry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Citizens, permanent residents and commercial-lorry drivers were all exempted. The Economist, "No entry The Trump administration is using the pandemic to halt asylum," 30 June 2020 As part of the plan, the government is building lorry parks to hold vehicles that don’t have the right documents. Joe Mayes, Bloomberg.com, "The IT System to Avoid Border Chaos Won’t Be Ready for Brexit, Lobby Group Says," 15 Sep. 2020 The Conservatives have also drawn criticism over their handling of building Brexit lorry parks, facilities which will be used to hold trucks attempting to cross into the EU without the rights customs paperwork. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "Johnson Defends Brexit Border Plan as Industry Sounds Alarm," 4 Sep. 2020 Countries that classified lorry drivers, pilots and cabin crew as essential workers overlooked merchant seamen, even though their work underpins the global economy. The Economist, "Ninety percent of everything As the virus rages on shore, merchant seamen are stranded on board," 18 June 2020 Many of them are itinerant, moving their colonies around the country on lorries in search of pollen and nectar. The Economist, "The honey trap China’s beekeepers feel the sting of covid-19," 8 Apr. 2020 Half a world away, in Philadelphia, her husband’s work as a lorry driver has dried up. The Economist, "A cash cow dries up Covid stops many migrants sending money home," 16 Apr. 2020 Ambulances, police cars, garbage trucks and lorries delivering food are the only vehicles allowed through the barriers. The Economist, "Evo Morales faces a long insurrection," 7 Nov. 2019 Last month, 39 people were found dead in the back of a refrigerated lorry in a UK industrial park in Grays, Essex, 20 miles east of London. Rob Picheta, CNN, "'Smuggled' TV show condemned in wake of Essex truck deaths," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of lorry

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lorry

origin unknown

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25 Oct 2020

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“Lorry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lorry. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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