eighteen-wheeler love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A combination of a tractor and a semitrailer; a tractor-trailer rig.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tractor-trailer with eighteen wheels, normally with two steerable wheels on the first axle and four wheels on two fixed axles of the tractor and two fixed four-wheel axles on the rear of the trailer.


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  • I was thinking about how much fun that had been, and feeling more and more thirsty, when a long tractor-trailer—the kind they call an eighteen-wheeler but don’t ask me to count them—appeared on the road, raising a long cloud of dust.

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  • The result is a classic 'what would you do?' suspense tale, as the genuinely guilty young men try to survive retribution from an unseen driver (voiced with genuine sadness by Ted Levine) of an eighteen-wheeler.

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  • Meanwhile, back home, Elner’s nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head; Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch–and the entire town is thrown for a loop and left wondering, “What is life all about, anyway?

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  • I looked up just in time to see the headlights of an oncoming eighteen-wheeler and heard the sound of urgency in its horn.

    Show Stoppah

  • There I was in full pumping mode, windows down, music on, pump pumping, hair blowing in the wind, when I heard the screech of an eighteen-wheeler beeping and riding alongside me.

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  • I think I like his versions better and I know he does, like the time him and Hank Grady raced across the world to see who could come back with the best tasting can of beer, or when they attached a snowplow to a rocket-powered eighteen-wheeler and wrecked through a thousand police cars.

    Wounded Knee

  • Like you were brandishing a Phillips head the size of an eighteen-wheeler mounted on six-story scaffolding surrounding bevel gear teeth normally used to rotate observatories.

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  • He said that he had investigated the parked trailer of an eighteen-wheeler at another site, a piece of property in Pittsylvania County owned by Duck, and found plastic jugs there.


  • This was a Blacktop Bully match and that was the rationale for having an eighteen-wheeler involved.

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  • And there was an eighteen-wheeler that had been outfitted with a giant cage on the bed.

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