lorry

[lawr-ee, lor-ee]
noun, plural lorries.
1.
Chiefly British. a motor truck, especially a large one.
2.
any of various conveyances running on rails, as for transporting material in a mine or factory.
3.
a long, low, horse-drawn wagon without sides.

Origin:
1830–40; akin to dial. lurry to pull, drag, lug

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lorry (ˈlɒrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  See also articulated vehicle US and Canadian name: truck a large motor vehicle designed to carry heavy loads, esp one with a flat platform
2.  informal (Brit) off the back of a lorry a phrase used humorously to imply that something has been dishonestly acquired: it fell off the back of a lorry
3.  any of various vehicles with a flat load-carrying surface, esp one designed to run on rails
 
[C19: perhaps related to northern English dialect lurry to pull, tug]

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lorry
"A truck, a long, flat wagon," 1838, British railroad word, probably from verb lurry "to pull, tug," of uncertain origin. Meaning "large motor vehicle for carrying goods" is first attested 1911.
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Example sentences
The lorry would have headed to a port and unloaded its cargo, bolt by bolt,
  into a dockside warehouse.
It was said to be hidden in a lorry piled with farm produce, a common means of
  concealment.
It is the box itself that matters to the crane operators, shipping lines,
  railways and lorry drivers that handle them.
Many make the journey on foot, as lorry drivers are scared to transport them.
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