tractor trailer

noun
\ ˈtrak-tər-ˈtrā-lər How to pronounce tractor trailer (audio) \
variants: or tractor-trailer

Definition of tractor trailer

US
: a large truck with a long trailer attached to the back of it : semitrailer

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Sunday’s crash occurred three days after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a tractor trailer at Eddy and Mason streets, just two blocks south of Sunday’s fatal crash. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "Tesla driver arrested in fatal Tenderloin crash identified as 21-year-old Vallejo woman," 22 July 2019 The additional Fourth of July fireworks display on the Mall will be launched from flatbed tractor trailers parked on a mile-long stretch behind the Lincoln Memorial, officials from Phantom Fireworks said. cleveland.com, "4th of July: Fireworks companies go bigger for D.C. celebration," 26 June 2019 The first fireworks display will launch at 9:07 from multiple flatbed tractor trailers parked on a mile-long stretch behind the Lincoln Memorial. Aaron Steckelberg, Washington Post, "Mapping the Fourth of July on the Mall," 26 June 2019 The report said the police department paid more than $7,300 to hire a private company that used a crane, a heavy-duty tow truck and a flatbed tractor trailer to remove the boat from the water and haul it away. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "OIG Report: Baltimore Police marine unit misspent $30k on boat salvage," 10 July 2019 After roughly 30 years of driving, if not more, Craig was killed by a tractor trailer near the bowling alley on the Bessemer Super Highway. al.com, "Bessemer’s Steering Wheel Man and the city that loved him," 9 July 2019 Police in Texas told several media outlets that Zhukovskyy also crashed a tractor trailer in suburban Houston earlier this month. Washington Post, "Motor vehicle head resigns over fatal crash that killed 7," 25 June 2019 That rig in turn hit the rear end of the tractor trailer in front of it. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "State police release details of fiery, double-fatal crash on I-84 that closed highway for 13 hours," 4 June 2019 Theoretically, the new operational domain means Super Cruise will work on the kinds of limited-access highways that have now seen two Tesla drivers killed when their cars broadsided tractor trailers at high speed. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Cadillac adds 70,000 miles of new roads to Super Cruise driver assist," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of tractor trailer

1898, in the meaning defined above

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