wrecker

[rek-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that wrecks.
2.
a person, car, or train employed in removing wreckage, debris, etc., as from railroad tracks.
3.
Also called tow car, tow truck. a vehicle equipped with a mechanical apparatus for hoisting and pulling, used to tow wrecked, disabled, or stalled automobiles.
4.
Also called housewrecker. a person whose business it is to demolish and remove houses or other buildings, as in clearing sites for other use.
5.
a person or vessel employed in recovering salvage from wrecked or disabled vessels.
6.
a person who plunders wrecks, especially after exhibiting false signals in order to cause shipwrecks.

Origin:
1795–1805; wreck + -er1

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wrecker (ˈrɛkə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that ruins or destroys
2.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a person whose job is to demolish buildings or dismantle cars
3.  (formerly) a person who lures ships to destruction to plunder the wreckage
4.  (US), (Canadian) another word for tow truck

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Example sentences
Working under extreme pressure is another writing wrecker.
Basically saying he's a head-in-the-mud wrecker of human progress, well, that's
  decidedly a bit much.
Camilla, vilified as a marriage wrecker, retreats from public view.
Take picture of big wrecker pulling up two battered vehicles.
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