wrecking ball

wrecker's ball

a heavy metal ball swung on a cable from a crane and used in demolition work.
Also, wrecking ball.

1965–70, Americanism

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Main Entry:  wrecking ball
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a heavy metal ball swung from a crane or derrick into a building to demolish it; also called ball breaker, skull cracker, wrecker's ball
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