tow truck


: a truck with winches and hoist mechanisms for freeing stuck vehicles and towing wrecked or disabled vehicles

Examples of tow truck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pickup’s front end was partly in a turn lane next to the lane the tow truck was driving in. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 And so Casper watched the tow truck drive off with her home of three years hooked to the back. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 2 Feb. 2024 The driver and a passenger in the tow truck were not injured, police said. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 29 Jan. 2024 Advertisement At the same time, a 2013 Toyota Prius struck the back of the tow truck and then hit Pumphrey, CHP Officer Jared Grieshaber said in a news release. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2024 The sheriff’s Vehicle Crimes Unit is trying to locate the driver of the red tow truck. Allie Kelly, Dallas News, 14 Aug. 2023 On Monday afternoon, Manuel Deleon was unexpectedly called back to the office during his shift driving a tow truck — only to find the office flooded. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2024 Lawmakers said many small or minority-owned tow truck operators have been overlooked as extended contracts with existing companies were extended, leaving little opportunity for competition. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 After a disagreement about a citation, Kimbrough tased Hollman and allowed a civilian tow truck driver to kneel on his neck. Essence, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tow truck was in 1944

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“Tow truck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

tow truck

: a truck equipped to move or haul wrecked or broken-down vehicles

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