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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A backhoe dug down to the damaged culvert in the bottom while a crew assembled another culvert up on top.
▪ Deputy Chief Larry Wendt said a backhoe will partially dig the graves and the inmates will finish them.
▪ It was the hoist for the backhoe.
▪ It was thirty-five below, he had to jump-start the backhoe.
▪ Paleoseismology, as the new field is called, is science by backhoe.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

by 1928, from back (n. or adj.) + hoe (n.).


n. 1 A piece of excavating equipment consisting of a digging bucket or scoop on the end of an articulated arm, drawn backwards to move earth. 2 (context chiefly US Canada Australia English) A multi-purpose tractor with a front-mounted loading bucket and a rear-mounted digging bucket. vb. To excavate using such equipment.


n. an excavator whose shovel bucket is attached to a hinged boom and is drawn backward to move earth


A backhoe, also called a rear actor or back actor, is a piece of excavating equipment or digger consisting of a digging bucket on the end of a two-part articulated arm. They are typically mounted on the back of a tractor or front loader, the later forming a 'backhoe loader' (colloquially known as a JCB in Ireland and UK). The section of the arm closest to the vehicle is known as the boom, and the section which carries the bucket is known as the dipper or dipper-stick (the terms " boom" and " dipper" having been used previously on steam shovels). The boom is generally attached to the vehicle through a pivot known as the king-post, which allows the arm to slew left and right, usually through a total of around 180–200 degrees.

Usage examples of "backhoe".

The more rugged vehicles pulled on in to the muddiest sections, and the people inside would scatter to the bulldozers and backhoes that had been left outside overnight.

Of the seven companies listed, four offered heavy equipment: lifts, loaders, backhoes, hand tools, paint sprayers, scaffolding, generators, air compressors, and related items.

Graders, backhoes, hydraulic shovels, boom lifts, anything Caterpillar or John Deere ever made.

Cygnans with barrel-wheeled bulldozers and beetlelike backhoes were digging them out.

The only remaining stumbling block had been the backhoe operator, Harvey Tabor.

Its light shone directly down into the trench that the backhoe was digging.

Then Harvey climbed back onto his backhoe and positioned the scoop directly above the slab.

Everson had spent some time on the phone next to the checkin desk, trying to arrange a rendezvous with Harvey Tabor, the backhoe operator.

The backhoe operator put a boot heel on the control panel, leaned back, and gulped bottled water.

Subject Tsosie said that approximately fifteen minutes later he noticed the truck driving out the gate towing a machine which he described as probably a backhoe or some sort of trenching machine loaded on the trailer.

He would simply tag along, determine where the Backhoe Bandit was going, take whatever opportunity presented itself.

But by the time he reached the escarpment the Backhoe Bandit seemed to have sensed he was being followed.

Monday a San Juan County sheriffs deputy, who happened to have read the paperwork about the stolen flatbed trailer and backhoe, also happened to get more or less lost while trying to deliver a warrant.

He thought about the Backhoe Bandit, who was going to get away with it.

Probably he wanted the backhoe for digging up burials to find a lot of them.