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A large, heavy motor vehicle for transporting goods or troops; a truck.as modifier ‘a lorry driver’
- ‘For health and safety reasons it needs to be put in containers rather than sacks, and it needs different lorries to transport it.’
- ‘When the collection lorry arrives a crane picks up the bins and empties them into the relevant compartments.’
- ‘With the coaches and heavy lorries off the roads the congestion on our highways would be greatly reduced.’
- ‘They say heavy lorries and cars are travelling too fast along the road, which is very narrow in parts.’
- ‘The incident occurred when an articulated lorry collided with the back of a blue Volvo estate.’
- ‘The name is painted on white articulated lorries parked across a massive expanse of yard.’
- ‘And he believes drivers of heavy lorries will avoid the new road because he says it will have to be built on a steep incline.’
- ‘The gravel lorry swerved off the road after the impact but remained upright.’
- ‘A big lorry smashed into the back of the taxi.’
- ‘At first we thought the road was being shaken by a heavy lorry, but then my uncle said it was an earthquake.’
- ‘As well as cars, there are frequent buses, heavy lorries and a lot of farm traffic.’
- ‘He said a Finnish lorry hit the bridge last month and called for the height to be displayed in metres.’
- ‘An accident involving a lorry carrying radioactive waste closed a major Scottish road for hours yesterday.’
- ‘He was following a lorry which was travelling at about 45 mph.’
- ‘A long-awaited ban on heavy lorries using the notorious stretch of highway was finally announced last year.’
- ‘The village was being covered with dust from the 30-ton lorries thundering through it from the nearby quarry.’
- ‘Never, NEVER, overtake a gritting lorry.’
- ‘There are 20 tonne lorries coming at speed through the village, where there is a junior school.’
- ‘Because of the many industrial companies based in the road, its traffic also includes large numbers of heavy lorries.’
- ‘The move will put another 500 heavy lorries onto Britain's roads each week.’
fall off the back of a lorry
informal (of goods) be acquired in dubious circumstances.‘he sells cheap computer games that have fallen off the back of a lorry’
- ‘Keep an eye out for pickpockets and remember that many of the things for sale 'fell off the back of a lorry'.’
- ‘"But it's not like stuffing a few pairs of jeans in your bag or a TV falling off the back of a lorry. This bread is keeping us alive."’
- ‘When I was a kid my neighbour was always selling things that seemed to have "fallen off the back of a lorry".’
Mid 19th century: perhaps from the given name Laurie.
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