American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A motor truck.
- n. UK A motor vehicle for transporting goods; a truck.
- n. obsolete A large low horse-drawn wagon.
- n. dated A small cart or wagon, as used on the tramways in mines to carry coal or rubbish.
- n. dated A barrow or truck for shifting baggage, as at railway stations.
- v. transitive To soil, dirty, bespatter with mud or the like.
- Origin obscure. Perhaps from English dialectal lurry ("to lug or pull about, drag"). Perhaps of North Germanic origin, related to Norwegian lurja, lorja, lerja ("wet, shapeless lump"), Norwegian lura ("cow-dung"), see lurt. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps akin to dialectal lurry, to lug, haul. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Turning Wheels organised two blockades at the Marianhill toll plaza on the N3 near Durban last month to highlight what it called lorry drivers 'exploitation and unfair working conditions.”
“Perpignan is one of 60 French towns that have struck upon a cheaper and greener way to collect household waste -- ditching the dustbin lorry ...”
“Perpignan is one of 60 French towns that have struck upon a cheaper and greener way to collect household waste -- ditching the dustbin lorry in favour of a horse and cart”
“Surely, I think, McKellan's Magneto would raise every car, van and lorry from the bridge, shatter it to a powder of steel, and fuse that steel into a new bridge, into something more magnificent in its slender, shining subtlety than that mere lumpen mass of man's construction, ripped from the earth and dumped in its new position.”
“The lorry is said to have been on the wrong side of the road.”
“Shares in German lorry maker MAN shot up on a newspaper report that Volkswagen is poised to make a full takeover bid for it.”
“For a man in such straits as I now found myself, the hire of a lorry was a consideration; and yet even that I could have faced, if I had had anywhere to drive to after it was hired.”
“The driver of the lorry was a 55-year-old man from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire.”
“The driver of the lorry was a 55-year-old man from the Bromsgrove area of the Midlands.”
“The articulated lorry, which is an empty oil carrier, has gone onto its side on the roundabout outside Dock Gate No. 2 in Walton Avenue.”
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Looking for tweets for lorry.