Definition of wrecker in English:

wrecker

noun

  • 1A person or thing that wrecks, damages, or destroys something.

    [in combination] ‘she was unfairly portrayed as a marriage wrecker’
    • ‘A twice-married judge accused of having an affair with a friend's wife was branded a family wrecker last night.’
    • ‘She reportedly told a close friend: ‘I've been painted as the Wicked Witch of the West and a marriage wrecker.’’
    • ‘Church leaders were today surveying the damage after the wreckers broke into the Church of the Nazarene last night.’
    • ‘Two of the wreckers, aged only six and eight, were below the age of criminal responsibility but two others, aged 13 and 12, were charged with criminal damage and referred to Salford Youth Court.’
    • ‘The wreckers are thought to have struck late on Friday night and again on Saturday - ironically just around the corner from Ilkley Police Station.’
    • ‘During our longstanding dispute over a pay rise, this Government accused us of being wreckers.’
    • ‘This, after all, is the man who can praise public service workers to the skies and then, almost in the next breath, dismiss them as wreckers.’
    • ‘It illustrates the lengths to which peace-wreckers, and men of violence, are prepared to go to to scupper hopes of harmony and disturb political stability.’
    • ‘The thefts have led John McCormack, 74, an allotment holder from Canterbury Avenue, Little Horton, to call for fences to be put up to keep the wreckers at bay.’
    • ‘Organisers of the village's Britain in Bloom entry say they will not let the wreckers win.’
    • ‘Suddenly I was being portrayed as someone I didn't recognise - a heartless, predatory marriage-wrecker.’
    • ‘Not all holiday indulgences are diet-wreckers.’
    • ‘And within weeks the lack of security has taken its toll with wreckers causing thousands of pounds of damage.’
    • ‘The vandalism - ranging from the petty to the downright life-threateningly dangerous - is leading to justifiable discontentment among residents who have to live in the midst of the wreckers.’
    • ‘To top it off, she was a relationship wrecker.’
    • ‘It's those Germans again, those familiar wreckers of English footballing dreams.’
    • ‘For years now the park has been a haven for glue sniffers, teenage drinkers and wreckers.’
    1. 1.1North American A person who breaks up damaged vehicles, demolishes old buildings, salvages wrecked ships, etc., to obtain usable spares or scrap.
      • ‘Since then, I've put some more thought into it and probably the easiest way of making a bow prod is to get an old leaf spring from a car wrecker.’
      • ‘The dealer was just going to give it to the wreckers but I went and rescued it.’
      • ‘Just a walk from here, two houses more are ready for the wrecker.’
      • ‘I'm all for calling the wreckers and getting them to take it away.’
      • ‘There is the odd door way that the wreckers left standing, but the original shikumen houses were demolished to provide space to build.’
      • ‘No trace of the buildings exists now that the blue-uniformed wreckers and bulldozers have done their work.’
      • ‘If a vehicle is deregistered, sold to a motor wrecker, then purchased by somebody who decides to repair that vehicle, it can be repaired.’
      • ‘New South Wales is the only state where wreckers have to account from where they got their parts.’
      • ‘The family car should have been at the wreckers, but it wasn't.’
      • ‘At the end of the day, have the wreckers remove the vehicles to a holding facility, where they are then collected after payment of the fines and wrecking fee.’
      • ‘Most wreckers dismantle cars they've bought at auctions of vehicles written off by insurance companies.’
      • ‘Smash repairers and wreckers say these copied parts are often inferior in quality, safety and fit.’
    2. 1.2historical A person on the shore who tries to bring about a shipwreck in order to profit from the wreckage.
      • ‘Quoyle learns about his ancestors, who were pirates and wreckers, gets a job as a reporter on the local rag and meets Wavey Prowse who teaches the children at the school.’
      • ‘This also allows her to examine those peculiarities of current and shoreline that make stretches of water like the Pentland Firth such rich pickings for local wreckers.’
      • ‘It may look benign on a calm day, but the North Devon coast is a wrecker's paradise.’
      • ‘So many ships have foundered along this coast, driven onto its reefs by storms or lured there by wreckers ' lights, that pieces from Spanish galleons still wash up with the tide.’
  • 2North American A tow truck.

    • ‘I arrived at the scene and waited for the medical team to leave and the fire department and highway patrol to finish before I could start the job of loading what was left of this mangled vehicle onto the back of my wrecker.’
    • ‘A wrecker to take the car that same distance cost $300.’
    • ‘For instance, a maintenance mission would require a wrecker or at least a HMMWV manned with mechanics, tools, and a tow bar.’
    • ‘I have weighted the recovery team with not only ambulances and a physicians assistant, but also a wrecker or a CH - 47 with a maintenance team to recover the vehicle.’
    • ‘Police escorted the Mack wrecker, with the two-tonne chopper in tow, on its 8km journey to Sydney Airport where maintenance repairs could be conducted.’
    • ‘The driver of the wrecker summoned to remove the damaged cars was also charged for not displaying his number plate.’
    • ‘Maneuvering a heavy, expanded-mobility tactical truck wrecker into position often was a challenge in the crowded streets of an urban environment.’
    • ‘The FWTD augments the recovery capability by performing the towing functions, leaving the wrecker free for other recovery situations, such as overturned vehicles.’
    • ‘Creative parking on the sidewalks and in no-parking zones would have been good feeding ground for the police wreckers.’
    • ‘Unable to recover the vehicle or abandon it, a wrecker was the next best option.’
    • ‘The armored box could be lifted by a 5-ton wrecker or a 10,000-pound forklift, so it could be moved from one vehicle to another in case the vehicle it was mounted on became not mission capable.’
    • ‘They were nice enough to call a wrecker for me but once he showed up the police and the other driver drove their separate ways.’
    • ‘Lanes one and two of the motorway were closed for about an hour while two wreckers were used to drag the lorry from the ditch.’
    • ‘Several police officers were on the scene and a wrecker was called out to remove illegally parked vehicles.’
    • ‘Back on the police wrecker again; have you heard that they are not adhering to the prescribed procedures for the towing away of vehicles?’
    • ‘Along with the chase vehicles, several wreckers also will be waiting along the course.’
    • ‘In the event a fuel truck broke down, one of the empty fuel trucks could transfer the fuel, and a HEMTT or a 10-ton wrecker could then recover the broken fueller.’
    • ‘Since the car park was closed to give way to the planned development of the $300 million complex, visitors to San Fernando have been starved for parking and played cat-and-mouse with the police wrecker on a daily basis.’

Pronunciation

wrecker

/ˈrekər/