wreck·​er | \ ˈre-kər How to pronounce wrecker (audio) \

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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Dozens of towing companies participate in a rotation that decides who gets the business when the police department calls for a wrecker. al.com, "Suspended Mobile towing companies get no relief," 23 July 2019 The most recent came from the owner of Casher’s wrecker service, Wilbert Casher. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Could ‘illegal’ Mobile city law derail towing probe?," 4 Aug. 2019 Several heavy-duty wreckers responded to the crash around 8 a.m. near Interstate 20 in Hutchins, officials said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "I-45 reopens after major 18-wheeler crash in Hutchins," 26 July 2019 If nothing else, discussion during Tuesday's council meeting gave wrecker service operators a chance to air their case that the suspensions are unjustified and are doing real harm to small business operators and their families. al.com, "Suspended Mobile towing companies get no relief," 23 July 2019 So sorry to disappoint, but no home wreckers or secret flings going on here … Me and @sanctionedjohnnygalecki are just the best of buds- Leonard and Penny will just have to suffice!!! Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "11 Beloved TV Couples Who Dated then Split IRL," 23 July 2019 In February 2018, Jenner was named in a palimony suit filed against Griffin by his ex-fiancee, Brynn Cameron, who accused Jenner of a being a home wrecker and the reason that Griffin left her and their two young children. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Kendall Jenner’s habit of dating NBA stars seemingly called out by Ben Simmons’ sister," 16 July 2019 Bennett is a defensive end by trade, but the Seattle Seahawks turned him into a game wrecker by shifting him inside in obvious passing situations. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Counting down the most valuable Arizona Wildcats for 2019 football season," 9 July 2019 But canon wreckers and propagandists such as DuVernay would deny Gish’s accomplishments, overturning rich history for tribal grievance and its handmaiden, ignorance. Armond White, National Review, "Lillian Gish’s Genius Will Outlast Ava DuVernay and the Canon Wreckers," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of wrecker

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of wrecker

US : a truck that takes away cars that are damaged or not working
: someone or something that destroys something


wreck·​er | \ ˈre-kər How to pronounce wrecker (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrecker

1 : a truck for removing wrecked or broken-down vehicles
2 : a person who wrecks something

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