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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a car/lorry/bicycle etc tyre
▪ They sell and fit car tyres.
long-distance lorry driver
▪ We had scarcely survived a convoy of high articulated lorries to reach the safety of a country lane.
▪ You could have driven an articulated lorry up the leg.
▪ The modern articulated lorry was born at Wolverton Works.
▪ His car was involved in in collision with an articulated lorry.
▪ I cut up articulated lorries, rashly overtake, and dash through traffic lights when they're more red than amber.
▪ He got run over by an articulated lorry.
▪ Now big lorries went past every five minutes, carrying things for the new buildings.
▪ Another big lorry went past the window.
▪ Gullible hadn't been driving a great big lorry around the place and putting down rat poison.
▪ They stopped at the Zebra Crossing and Pete watched the big lorries and buses and cars roar past.
▪ The biggest lorries will be exempt from much of the duty they now pay.
▪ Those of some species grew as big as lorry wheels.
▪ They would be at risk from the vastly increased number of cars and heavy lorries expected to use the new tunnel.
▪ Will he promise to resist all attempts to increase the maximum permitted weights of heavy lorries?
▪ Other concerns include the threat of pollution, noise disturbance, danger from heavy lorries and the loss of environmental amenities.
▪ In death, the pathologist would report, he resembled somebody who had been hit full-on by a heavy lorry.
▪ Read in studio Heavy lorries trying to avoid higher tolls on the Severn Bridge are causing severe traffic problems on minor roads.
▪ Its only scourge - heavy lorries - rumbling through its streets, polluting the environment and damaging historic buildings.
▪ But trains still racket by frequently with ear-splitting effect. Heavy lorries thunder along motorways to the south.
▪ Council workmen have had to tidy footpaths and repair roads and curbs, partly in response to the number of heavy lorries passing through.
▪ Hurtling towards him in the swirling fog was a huge lorry powerless to stop on the icy carriageway.
▪ The huge lorry is forced to mount the kerb to avoid a collision with the oncoming car.
▪ From then on, it was working around the clock with tons of gear filling 3 huge lorries.
▪ At the back of a huge lorry, free samples of Bahlsen biscuits are being dispensed.
▪ Romford's lorry driver negligently reversed his company's vehicle into another employee, in fact, his father.
▪ And lorry drivers are right behind them, adding their names to a petition.
▪ The public did not blame Opec, the oil companies, the lorry drivers, or Uncle Tom Cobbleigh...
▪ Two defendants were lorry drivers for a soft drinks company.
▪ After the attack another lorry driver saw a man of the same height scrambling away from the river bank.
▪ Three weeks later she had. gone off with a long-distance lorry driver.
▪ A lorry driver heard her screams and rushed to her aid.
▪ Two full lorry loads of milk go into some of the bigger supermarkets every day.
▪ Any error and it could result in lorry loads of the wrong colour.
▪ Just as the train pulled out of the station a lorry load of soldiers drove in like maniacs.
▪ Customs Offficers found the drugs hidden in a lorry load of pot plants at Sheerness Docks in January last year.
▪ Powys Transport delivered two lorry loads of materials to the show, which opens tomorrow.
▪ Today, this lorry load of spent nuclear rods represents history in the making again.
▪ What could a lorry be carrying that its load was so valuable to a thief as to make Hatton's a feasible reward?
▪ As the bus was waiting in Bondgate a lorry carrying scaffolding reversed into the back of the bus.
▪ Apparently a lorry carrying a rubbish skip was hi-jacked in nearby Pomeroy several hours ago and the driver held at gunpoint.
▪ Four army lorries, each carrying one condemned man, drove round the running track.
▪ E.g. A lorry driver may sustain an injury which will prevent him from ever driving a lorry again.
▪ You could have driven an articulated lorry up the leg.
▪ Gullible hadn't been driving a great big lorry around the place and putting down rat poison.
▪ They drove a lorry across farm fields and loaded it up from the home of the Marquess of Cholmondeley yesterday.
▪ He was driving a lorry and accelerated away, escaping with minor injuries.
▪ They were telephone poles that had fallen from a lorry, blocking both westbound lanes of the motorway and smashing a car.
▪ I guess they may have fallen off a lorry?
▪ It had been hit by a passing lorry, and they joked that it would never fly again.
▪ The passenger was killed when the defendant's car hit an unlit lorry.
▪ Debbie, 30, was asleep upstairs in her £130,000 thatched home as Gary Harmes tried to stop his lorry.
▪ A lorry driver signalled to her to cross the road.
▪ But there was further drama when the crane's brakes failed and it slid into the cab of the lorry.
▪ Charges of government mismanagement were compounded by reports of corruption among food wholesalers, lorry owners and trawlermen.
▪ Heavier traffic flows caused by lorries on bridges and roads also added to the ministry's problems.
▪ In April 1986 our 29-year-old son met a lorry coming from the opposite direction with a very heavy utility trailer in tow.
▪ It's expected as many as 150,000 lorries will use the terminal every year.
▪ On the upward curve over the first down the lorry was forced to a crawl.
▪ They would be at risk from the vastly increased number of cars and heavy lorries expected to use the new tunnel.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lorrie \Lor"rie\, Lorry \Lor"ry\, n.; pl. Lorries. [Prob. from lurry to pull or lug.]

  1. A small cart or wagon moving on rails, as those used on the tramways in mines to carry coal or rubbish; also, a barrow or truck for shifting baggage, as at railway stations.

  2. A motorized wheeled land vehicle, esp. a large one, with a cab for the driver and a separate rear compartment for transporting freight; called truck in the U. S. [Brit.]

    Syn: camion.

  3. a large low horse-drawn wagon without sides. [WordNet sense 1]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"a truck; a long, flat wagon," 1838, British railroad word, probably from verb lurry "to pull, tug" (1570s), of uncertain origin. Meaning "large motor vehicle for carrying goods" is first attested 1911.


n. 1 (context British English) A motor vehicle for transporting goods; a truck. 2 (context obsolete English) A large low horse-drawn wagon. 3 (context dated English) A small cart or wagon, as used on the tramways in mines to carry coal or rubbish. 4 (context dated English) A barrow or truck for shifting baggage, as at railway stations. vb. (context transitive English) To soil, dirty, bespatter with mud or the like.

  1. n. a large low horse-drawn wagon without sides

  2. a large truck designed to carry heavy loads; usually without sides [syn: camion]

Lorry (disambiguation)

"Lorry" is the British English term for a truck, a large motor vehicle

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Lorry (horse-drawn)

Among horse-drawn vehicles, a lorry was a low-loading trolley. It was used mainly for the carriage of other vehicles, for example for delivery from the coachbuilders or returning there for repair.

Its very small wheels were mounted under the deck which had to be wider than the track of the vehicles to be carried. It had two ramps, stowed above the back axle and below the body. These were withdrawn from the lorry and one end of each attached to the back of the deck while the other ends rested on the ground. A winch, mounted on the headboard was then used to draw the load up the ramps and onto the deck. The winch cable, low fixed sideboards and a low hinged tailboard plus lashings retained it there.

The lorry was rather like a wooden version of the modern car-carrying trailer, intended for towing behind a car, except that the wheels were wooden, with iron tyres and were not close-coupled. The front ones were on a steering undercarriage. The driver's seat was mounted on the top of the headboard.

Around 1900, the lorry developed a sturdier form for carrying the heavier motor cars. These motor car lorries were two-horse vehicles, partly because of the weight carried but also because the roll-resistance of the very small wheels had to be overcome. For the same reason, it was primarily an urban vehicle so that, on the paved roads, the small wheels were not an insurmountable handicap. In any case, the axles were sprung.

As in many fields, as time went by, people used the word perhaps without understanding its detailed meaning, so that it became applied less precisely and other configurations were given the name. By 1911, as the motor-propelled lorry (a kind of truck) developed, a pedant would have regarded it as being more the heir of the heavy trolley than of the horse-drawn lorry. However, the railway vehicles, first noted by the Oxford English Dictionary from 1838, were more like the horse-drawn road lorry. In these earlier years, it was also called a lurry. In Britain, "lorry" nowadays means any large powered truck.

Lorry (TV series)

Lorry was a TV series that premiered on Swedish TV in 1989, broadcast from restaurant Lorry in Sundbyberg. In the ensemble were Peter Dalle, Johan Ulveson, Claes Månsson, Lena Endre, Gunnel Fred, Gunilla Röör, Suzanne Reuter, Ulla Skoog, Evamaria Björkström-Roos and Stefan Sauk (sometimes known together as the Lorry gang, Swedish: Lorrygänget). They have also done a show on the Tyrol in 1991 and the movie Yrrol in 1994.

The series was said to turn to a "divorced and mature youth", which was also the explanation for having the same title as a dancehall in Sundbyberg. Peter Dalle was the central figure behind Lorry. He wrote the most part of the material and also directed the fourth and last season; the three first seasons were directed by Kjell Sundvall. Carsten Palmaer, Sven-Hugo Persson and Rolf Börjlind also contributed to the script. The Lorry gang became famous for their sharp, offensive and politically incorrect humor, which even led to pressed charges to the broadcasting commission.

The TV series's opening credits song was Earth, Wind & Fire's hit " In the Stone".

The Lorry gang returned in a variety show at the Oscar Theater in Stockholm and it became a huge hit with the audience in 2001–2002. Parts of the show were sketches taken from the TV series.

Lorry (film)

Lorry is a 1980 Malayalam film directed by Bharathan and written by Padmarajan. It stars Achankunju, Balan K. Nair, Nithya, Meena and Prathap Pothan.

Usage examples of "lorry".

Breedy reckons the slogan was a threat and wanted us to go to the headmaster, but Breedy has been a nervous sort of man ever since there was a nasty accident when a car ran into his lorry nearly a year ago, and somebody got killed and others injured.

Boaz-Jachin saw his face still crying under the old black brimless hat that was not a skullcap and not a fez as the lorry, trailing its aroma of petrol, oranges, and orange-crate wood, pulled out into the road and away.

Battered lorries rumbling to and from the spaceport, carrying wooden crates and ancient-looking composite cargo-pods, some loaded up with homesteading gear.

She might have had the information that had been tortured out of Pargo to lead her there, without the necessity of following the lorry as she said she had done.

Lorry and Miss Pross are seen as narrowly English, provincial and unimaginative as the stereotype holds.

Lorry and Miss Pross are shown to be softening under the good influence of Lucie and her family, so that by the third part they are no longer stereotypes of an old England of which Dickens is critical.

Lorry, and Miss Pross is gradually transferred to the revolutionaries.

Outside, trucks were rumbling by in the night, big lorry trucks that Teasle knew would have soldiers in them.

Brigg screwed his eyes into his lids as they spurted by other trishaws, aimlessly driven lorries, and wandering cars.

It was always the same when trade was booming at the local wharves, and as the convoys of horsecarts and lorries lined up along Cotton Lane so the cafe became even fuller.

Mr Winters and dolls and Mr Hamid Aziz and, most of all, what you know about the fatal accident to a Mr Lorne, when the car in which he was a passenger collided with your lorry some months ago.

Lorne, who was sitting next Winters, was killed outright, being on the side next the lorry, and Halstock and his boy were hurt pretty serious, them being at the back, which took a lot of the impact as the car slewed round.

Brim immediately hauled the little starship around on a low-altitude trajectory perpendicular to the cableway, watching the lorry speed away in the distance.

Mum dips the cows, deworms them, brands them with our brand, feeds them up on the Rhodes grass until their skins are shiny and they are so fat it seems as if they might burst, and then sends them on the red lorry into Umtali, to the Cold Storage Corporation, to be sold as ration meat.

Jimmy Eaglewood until he got hit by a lorry and died after three hushed weeks in a coma.