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chuck wagon

Western U.S. a wagon carrying cooking facilities and food for serving people working outdoors, as at a ranch or lumber camp.
Origin of chuck wagon
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He had already run a little back-fire to protect the tents and the chuck-wagon.

    Dennison Grant Robert Stead
  • On the way to the chuck-wagon she passed close to George Drazk.

    Dennison Grant Robert Stead
  • The Mexican took it with an unconcerned face, and went off behind the chuck-wagon.

    The Delafield Affair Florence Finch Kelly
  • "You ain't half-bad at the chuck-wagon, Miss Messiter," he told her.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • "Turn in, boys, and sleep till we get back with the chuck-wagon," said Wilson Moore.

  • I've about made up my mind to take the chuck-wagon to town and stock it with grub, and hit out on roundup t'morrer or next day.

  • The next day the round-up crept slowly southward, accompanied by the chuck-wagon and a drove of fresh horses.

    The Delafield Affair Florence Finch Kelly
  • Applehead, stowing a coil of new rope in the chuck-wagon, took off his hat and rubbed his shiny, pink pate in dismay.

  • He sought out Tom, who was over at the chuck-wagon, taking an early cup of coffee.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • "Er—well, I took the chuck-wagon in yest'day and loaded 'er up with grub fer two weeks," blurted Applehead heroically.

British Dictionary definitions for chuck-wagon

chuck wagon

a wagon carrying provisions and cooking utensils for men, such as cowboys, who work in the open
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from chuck² (beef, food)
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