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Topic: MOTOR VEHICLES

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Perhaps from English dialect lurry 'to pull' (17-19 centuries)

lorry

noun
     
lor‧ry S3 plural lorries [countable] British English
1TTC a large vehicle for carrying heavy goods [= truck]
2

it fell off the back of a lorry

spoken used humorously to say that something was probably stolen
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