tow truck

noun
wrecker ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1940–45

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tow truck
 
n
breakdown van, Also called: wrecker a motor vehicle equipped for towing away wrecked or disabled cars

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Example sentences
Authorities summoned a tow truck, but it ultimately was not needed.
Corrections officers dragged the dome off the rocks, using a winch on a tow
  truck.
When the tow truck arrived, the driver discovered he couldn't pull the van to
  safety.
Report a problem with a tow truck company or driver.
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