wrecking ball


Definition of wrecking ball

: a heavy iron or steel ball swung or dropped by a derrick to demolish old buildings

called also wrecker's ball

Examples of wrecking ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For some reason, Guy is running on a tall building and leaps toward a hanging wrecking ball. Rhett Allain, Wired, 27 Aug. 2021 XPEL Chevy became a wrecking ball that ended Sebastien Bourdais’ day on Lap 56 Saturday. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2021 It’s not as if Portland didn’t see the wrecking ball swinging in its direction. oregonlive, 25 May 2021 The shock smashes through the scene of relaxed domestic contentment like an emotional wrecking ball. Keith Magee, CNN, 22 June 2021 To save it from the wrecking ball, it had been disassembled and put into shipping containers for storage. CBS News, 27 June 2021 The ancient Coliseum Arena was abandoned by the Warriors two years ago and has been COVID-quiet for the last 15 months, but don’t send for the wrecking ball. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 June 2021 Smith’s glass-top desk, rebuilt here, was a rectangular structure made of gray bricks, its leading corner knocked out—as if by a wrecking ball—to leave a stepped, Constructivist triangle of open air. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 12 June 2021 Enter Harris, a 232-pound wrecking ball who would replace James Conner in the lineup. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of wrecking ball

1947, in the meaning defined above

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4 Sep 2021

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“Wrecking ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrecking%20ball. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrecking ball

: a large, heavy ball that is used to knock down buildings


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