Definition of truckload in US English:



  • 1A quantity of goods that can be transported in a truck.

    ‘a truckload of chemicals caught fire’
    • ‘The bonfire - made using six semi-trailer truckloads of wood - will burn throughout the night, which culminates in a spectacular fireworks display at around 8 pm.’
    • ‘The gym has contributed more than 40,000 rupees [more than $900 U.S.] and also delivered a truckload of slippers, rice and clothing to the victims.’
    • ‘It took two truckloads of equipment and a bevy of engineers a whole day to set up what could today be arranged in minutes.’
    • ‘So when Louis asks Charlie for yet another favor, Charlie must oblige and help him deliver a truckload of TVs.’
    • ‘This also hampered the transport of some truckloads of produce from farmland in the south.’
    • ‘A truckload of logs descending a steep grade is not an easy thing to manoeuvre or stop - I know, because I've tried it.’
    • ‘As it turned out, the city needed gravel for a public works project, so crews hauled away seven truckloads.’
    • ‘Tens of thousands of people recently hurled truckloads of tomatoes at each other, sending knee-deep rivers of tomato sauce down the streets of the small Spanish town of Bunol during its annual food fight, the Tomatina.’
    • ‘At the peak, 16 to 20 truckloads were delivered in a day.’
    • ‘When a farmer pulls up at the co-op elevator at closing time with a truckload of grain, the manager will stay late, even though elevators operated by multinational corporations have probably closed.’
    • ‘There will be a truckload of new supplies delivered to your school Friday afternoon.’
    • ‘A truckload of plutonium waste has been hijacked on the waterfront.’
    • ‘Thursday, August 1st started off badly, because at midnight I was still almost six hours away from home with a truckload of furniture.’
    • ‘It's like building a well for a village rather than shipping in a truckload of bottled water.’
    • ‘On Thursday this week, a truckload of salt was dumped in Adelaide's Rundle Mall reminding everyone that 1000 truckloads of salt flow down the Murray every day.’
    • ‘These people were coming in with carloads, truckloads and horse-trailer loads.’
    • ‘The airport will use a large screening machine that will be able to scan truckloads full of cargo at a time.’
    • ‘A Croatian lorry driver caught with a haul of sub-machineguns in his truckload of frozen pizzas was cleared of all charges yesterday.’
    • ‘She also expressed gratitude to northern colonies ‘who sent truckloads of material goods.’’
    • ‘A truckload of troops was immediately sent to cordon off the area.’
    cargo, freight, freightage, charge, burden
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    1. 1.1a truckload/truckloads ofinformal A large quantity or number of something.
      ‘the government had plowed truckloads of money into this land’
      • ‘I got changed quickly, deciding on a pair black pants with a truckload of pockets, a short-sleeved black shirt with purple splashed everywhere and a pair of worn sneakers.’
      • ‘That means anyone who owns a team in Manitoba will have to have very deep pockets, be willing to basically go it alone and possibly lose truckloads of money.’
      • ‘As you can tell from the clear and concise summary, this is a relatively healthy item to eat, so feel free to buy a truckload of them and eat at least 38 a day.’
      • ‘I've spent the last two days selling truckloads of fragrance, spraying scents, getting tangled in wrapping paper and ribbons.’
      • ‘They may not do well as acupuncturists but they just might make truckloads of money as torture room ‘experts.’’
      • ‘To distract the viewer from the film itself, MGM has loaded up this release with a truckload of bonus materials.’
      • ‘As every Delhi mother buys a truckload of gold jewellery for her daughter, most gold is imported and, therefore, hugely overpriced.’
      • ‘Will the truckloads of chlorine you can taste and current filtration systems remove all harmful agents known and untested that lurk in that water?’
      • ‘If Helen had said she was facing the next election with confidence because she was going to hand out truckloads of election year bribes, then I would be more worried.’
      • ‘The non-voting stock started at less than 30 per cent of the total almost 10 years ago but Rupert has been dumping his own holdings and issuing truckloads of new non-voting shares to fund an array of takeovers.’
      • ‘The rest of the party had to avoid embarrassing its nominee with old-fashioned liberal slogans or intemperate attacks on the president, which it did with the help of truckloads of alcohol.’
      • ‘If I had a truckload of cash just sitting around - I'd buy every t-shirt on their website!’
      • ‘That said, there aren't exactly truckloads of employment opportunities out there for girls who haven't yet hit 16.’
      • ‘Speculation will bring you truckloads of money.’
      • ‘She delivers only a handful of lines but a truckload of kicks and punches.’
      • ‘Well, le's just say he'd better have a truckload of sweets.’
      • ‘There are countless corporate, commercial and content-rich websites; not to mention a truckload of personal homepages.’


  • by the truckload

    • informal In large quantities or numbers.

      ‘he had charm by the truckload’
      • ‘Lawrence had it all, a beautiful wife, two smart children, one a girl, the other a boy, and money by the truckload.’
      • ‘Most importantly they try to win games by scoring goals by the truckload.’
      • ‘He's always been good natured, has integrity by the truckload, and doesn't seem to toe his party's line.’
      • ‘We scrutinise them on the telly, murmuring, ‘Ooh, nice kitchen’ or ‘I wonder if that top's cashmere ’, and buy their books by the truckload.’
      • ‘I'm afraid we'll have to start buying water by the truckload again.’
      • ‘No prizes, then, for guessing which book you should read - nor for guessing which one will sell by the truckload in the United States.’
      • ‘What he has is character by the truckload, like Jimmy at a similar age.’
      • ‘But companies usually do it with a wince - after all, a year or so ago, they were buying shares by the truckload when they were far more expensive.’
      • ‘Colleges can easily find top-notch runners because the high schools churn them out by the truckload.’
      • ‘The show has potential by the truckload, and I'm uncharacteristically excited to see how it'll all develop.’
      aplenty, in abundance, in profusion, in great quantity, in large numbers, by the dozen
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