tow truck


Definition of tow truck 

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

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The tanker tipped over or rolled off the tow truck. Christine Dempsey,, "Tanker Falls Off Tow Truck In Franklin, Sparking Haz-Mat Spill, Evacuations, State Police Say," 6 July 2018 There was no room for Leo’s brand-new toy, a red and white plastic tow truck with shiny black tires. Daniel González, azcentral, "The U.S. deported this mother to Guatemala. It kept her 6-year-old son.," 2 July 2018 License plates reportedly were stolen June 11 from a white 2016 Freightliner tow truck while the truck was parked in the 1100 block of South Old Wilke Road. Elizabeth Owens-schiele,, "Arlington Heights police: Thieves swipe gift cards, checks from wedding reception at Cooper's Hawk," 18 June 2018 The car’s lithium-ion high-voltage battery ignited twice more after the initial fire, as the Model S sedan was being loaded onto a tow truck and again at a storage yard, the NTSB said. Victoria Ballard,, "Tesla's new speed control feature dedicated to Fort Lauderdale teen," 1 July 2018 All lanes were open, but drivers were advised to watch out for tow trucks. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Crash causes traffic jam on Highway 99 near Fruitridge Road," 6 June 2018 After she was transported to jail, a Houston man, 31, approached the officer and tow truck operator at the scene, police said. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood police: 6-year-old hit-and-run victim making progress," 9 Apr. 2018 Booting is the term used when a tow truck operator attaches a device to the tires of a vehicle to immobilize it. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Couple scammed Miami out of $700,000 in car “booting” fees, investigators say | Miami Herald," 15 Mar. 2018 Luckily a bystander helped them call a tow truck, according to AOL. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Were "Stranded" in the Hamptons After Their Car Broke Down," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of tow truck

1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tow truck

: a truck with special equipment on the back of it to tow away vehicles

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