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 group then used a neighbor's tow truck to guide the 35-foot pole into the hole. CBS News, ""Desperation set in": Puerto Ricans grab shovels, machetes to help restore power," 7 Feb. 2018 After a short pursuit, the tow truck stopped at 3569 SW 90th Ave. Carli Teproff And David J. Neal, miamiherald, "They led police on a chase in a tow truck. Now they are charged with attempted murder.," 13 June 2018 And with that, the tow trucks started hoisting the wreckage onto a flatbed for the trip to the county’s impound lot. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "The wreckage speaks: A crash reconstruction team tells stories that victims can’t," 27 Feb. 2018 Police told Channel 2 Action News that a tow truck was called in to pull the vehicle from the embankment, which is in a wooded area. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "BREAKING: Man arrested weeks after body found in car in South Fulton," 8 June 2018 As a tow truck came to winch the car out of the canal, Wilson's father, notified of the accident, began cruising the nearby streets, looking for his missing son. Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Too Much Horsepower," 24 Dec. 2012 Some homes and businesses in Franklin were evacuated and Route 32 was closed after a tanker fell off a tow truck late Friday morning, state police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Tanker Falls Off Tow Truck In Franklin, Sparking Haz-Mat Spill, Evacuations, State Police Say," 6 July 2018 Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles, and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Texas drivers can expect increased enforcement over Fourth of July," 29 June 2018 Transit police said a car fell off the back of a tow truck and became stuck on the tracks of the MBTA’s Green Line B branch, disrupting train service for about 45 minutes on Sunday. Abigail Feldman,, "Train service briefly delayed Sunday afternoon after car gets stuck on Green Line tracks," 11 June 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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