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 Lakeside Mall will join a growing list of once-busy metro Detroit shopping malls that slowly died and then closed and met the wrecking ball. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2024 The 6-foot, 203-pound wrecking ball ranked 14th among safeties at the NFL scouting combine in production score, according to Next Gen Stats. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 28 Apr. 2024 With the Freedom Center about to fall to the wrecking ball, Nowell would like to see his model back on display at a museum, or perhaps inside the successor casino. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 19 May 2024 Fort Worth has struggled in the past to preserve its historic places with the Berry Theater on Hemphill Street facing the wrecking ball in July 2023. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for wrecking ball 

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wrecking ball was in 1924

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“Wrecking ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrecking%20ball. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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