a hydraulic excavating machine consisting of a tractor having an attached hinged boom, with a bucket with movable jaws on the end of the boom.
Also, back-hoe, back hoe.

1940–45; back1 + hoe Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
They landed in an marsh and there was no way they would let a backhoe in to
  move them.
As a backhoe breached the dam, the water from the reservoir started to flow.
In addition to automotive parts, his sculptures include old horseshoes and the
  metal teeth from backhoe equipment.
Get out the shovel, the backhoe, or whatever tool is necessary and clear some
  space in your house or apartment.
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