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 Only the legendary Gladys Knight could come in [like a wrecking ball] and make an already great song greater. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "The best performances from every season of The Masked Singer," 11 Sep. 2020 Like a wrecking ball — one that can juke and sprint — Sullivan carried much of the offensive load Saturday in Kirtland’s 35-10 win at Shaker Heights with 149 yards and two TDs on 16 carries. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Dual-threat QBs, pick-6 defenders shine among Week 2 HS football top performers," 6 Sep. 2020 The slope to getting there looks very steep in comparison to recent Presidential votes, not least because of the wrecking ball that is our sitting President. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "Battling Anxiety Over Making Sure Your Vote Gets Counted," 4 Sep. 2020 James was a one-man wrecking ball in Game 1, finishing with 23 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists to become the first player in NBA history to record at least 20 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a playoff game. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers shock LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers, win playoff opener: The good, the bad, the reason for hope," 19 Aug. 2020 In the '60s and '70s, many of the restaurants, clubs and stores along Indiana Avenue fell to the wrecking ball. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "The Avenue's Black drag queens cemented Indy's queer visibility. But history forgot them.," 30 Aug. 2020 Could anyone but Cyrus turn writhing naked atop a literal wrecking ball into one of the most legendary videos in recent pop culture history? Lydia Price, PEOPLE.com, "10 of the Most Naked Music Videos of All Time, in Honor of 'Wrecking Ball''s 7th Anniversary," 26 Aug. 2020 Hassan Whiteside had a forgettable game (four points, four rebounds, four fouls), Collins was mostly sidelined and Memphis center Jonas Valanciunas was a wrecking ball (22 points, 17 rebounds, six assists). oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers earn playoff spot with play-in win over Memphis: The good, the bad, the heartbreaking," 16 Aug. 2020 After years of mounting complaints and calls made to law enforcement and the fire marshal, the Mill Creek Office Building at 4702 FM 1960 W in northwest Houston has met the wrecking ball and was razed last week. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "County attorney secures agreement for demolition of dangerous building in northwest Houston," 8 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of wrecking ball

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wrecking ball was in 1947

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15 Sep 2020

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“Wrecking ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrecking%20ball. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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