wreck·er | \ˈre-kər \

Definition of wrecker 

1a : one that searches for or works on the wrecks of ships (as for rescue or for plunder)

b : tow truck

2 : one that wrecks especially : one whose work is the demolition of buildings

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Neither the wrecker owner or the suspect were identified by police. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Police: Carjacking suspect kills owner, leads pursuit to Sugar Land," 7 July 2018 Almirola ran up front for much of the race before ending up on the wrecker after a crash. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Patriotism gets big boost at Daytona," 8 July 2018 The book was a best-seller, but Harding’s friends and the Republican establishment denounced it as fiction and attacked Britton viciously, calling her a degenerate home-wrecker. Elaine Weiss, WSJ, "Presidential Hush Money, Circa 1920," 31 May 2018 The wrecker slammed into her driver door, mangling the car and leaving the teen in critical condition. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Teen hospitalized after crash with wrecker in Magnolia area," 29 Apr. 2018 PJ Hall, defensive tackle, Sam Houston State Was a game-wrecker on the FCS level. Rose up draft boards and made a late visit to the Bengals. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "10 Bengals prospects to track on Friday," 27 Apr. 2018 The wrecker driver was being interviewed by police, but there were no other witnesses to the crash. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Pedestrian fatally struck by wrecker driver in NW Houston," 4 May 2018 Authorities and first responders had to summon a heavy-duty wrecker to the scene to lift and remove Tolbert’s body. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Construction Worker Dies After Falling Off Asphalt Paving Machine and Being Run Over By It," 2 May 2018 Cosby's lawyers painted the women as home-wreckers and liars who made up their allegations in a bid for money and fame. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest: Accuser Calls Bill Cosby 'A Raping Monster'," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wrecker

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of wrecker was in 1693

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English Language Learners Definition of wrecker

: a truck that takes away cars that are damaged or not working

: someone or something that destroys something


wreck·er | \ˈre-kər \

Kids Definition of wrecker

1 : a truck for removing wrecked or broken-down vehicles

2 : a person who wrecks something

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to reject or criticize sharply

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