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hook and ladder

a fire engine, usually a tractor-trailer, fitted with long, extensible ladders and other equipment.
Also called hook-and-ladder truck, ladder truck.
Origin of hook and ladder
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Besides that, they attack with so formidable a battery that no hook-and-ladder corps is needed to "break open" for them.

    Careers of Danger and Daring Cleveland Moffett
  • Come here, Tony,” he called, “and bring the hook-and-ladder.

    The Indifference of Juliet Grace S. Richmond
  • Seven engines and a hook-and-ladder and hundreds of hose-carts and one of those water-towers!

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "The hook-and-ladder is short-handed to-night," said Monkey.

    Phaeton Rogers Rossiter Johnson
  • The hook-and-ladder cart stood 265 patiently waiting, just where it had waited all day.

    The Indifference of Juliet Grace S. Richmond
  • Galloping down the street came the splendid big fire-horses drawing the hook-and-ladder.

    All About Johnnie Jones Carolyn Verhoeff
  • A hook-and-ladder company now coming up, an effort was made to clap a ladder against the fugitive, but it could not be done.

  • If spry, we caught a glimpse of the hook-and-ladder from the top of the hill, or the horses galloping up the slope.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • The last he saw of the cab or of the cabman was near the house of the hook-and-ladder company east of the French Market.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • The fire alarm had been given and several engines and a hook-and-ladder company dashed on the scene.

    Joe The Hotel Boy Horatio Alger Jr.

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