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hook-and-ladder company

[hoo k-uh n-lad-er] /ˈhʊk ənˈlæd ər/
noun
1.
a company of firefighters equipped with a hook-and-ladder truck.
Also called ladder company.
Origin of hook-and-ladder company
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism
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  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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

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