One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A vehicle or machine for spreading grit and often salt on roads in icy or potentially icy weather.
- ‘She said they were monitoring the weather and gritters would be out on key routes around the city at the first sign of a return to cold conditions.’
- ‘Croydon Council's road gritters were out in force ensuring all of Croydon's main roads and the majority of secondary and tertiary routes were gritted.’
- ‘Last winter's spell of severe weather has meant gritters were on the roads more often than usual, leading to an overspend of £100,000.’
- ‘Salt is corrosive, so the vehicles are carefully calibrated to ensure that only the amount of salt necessary for the expected road conditions is actually spread by the gritters.’
- ‘But some angry drivers contacted the Telegraph & Argus to complain they had not seen gritters and that some roads were barely passable.’
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