wrecking ball

noun

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

called also wrecker's ball

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The contestants are tasked with building tall, strong and stylish castles with regular bricks, but a wrecking ball will decide who wins the challenge. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2022 As Armond, the Lotus’ ego-stroking, problem-solving, grudge-nursing manger, the Emmy-winning Murray Bartlett was the purring engine that kept White’s status-quo wrecking ball swinging. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2022 But two years later, over Easter weekend 2021 and at the surprise of neighbors and city leaders, a wrecking ball rolled up Wickenden Street and tore the house down. Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Oct. 2022 The defense is even better with wrecking ball LB QB Reese and DL Caleb Patterson on the front. Dennis Victory, al, 20 Sep. 2022 Sometimes, a wrecking ball is necessary to get the project started. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2022 The journey from royal wrecking ball to beloved future queen began in a posh house in Sussex. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, 17 July 2022 Kim Kardashian can grace the cover of any magazine with her naked ass and Miley Cyrus can come in like a wrecking ball. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 29 Oct. 2022 Saquon Barkley, after a couple of years dashed by injury, has re-emerged as a wrecking ball at running back. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Wrecking ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrecking%20ball. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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