Mack truck

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Mack truck (plural Mack trucks)

  1. A vehicle produced by Mack Trucks, especially a semi-trailer.
    • 2005, Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson, Animals in Translation, Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0743247698, pages 71-72
      their hearts were too small to pump blood to their huge bodies. It was like trying to run a Mack truck on a Volkswagen engine, and their hearts gave out.
  2. A semi-trailer of any brand.
    • 2005, Gary E. Macdougal, Make a Difference, A Spectacular Breakthrough in the Fight Against Poverty, Truman Tally Books, ISBN 031234726X, page 317
      Abuses committed by overly aggressive states have resulted in federal rules and paperwork motivated by the fear that without rules and record-keeping requirements, states would show up at the Treasury with a Mack truck to take away all the cash they could.
  3. (figuratively) Any unstoppable or enormous thing coming through.
    Mary swept through the board meeting like a Mack truck.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This term and Mack may have trademark status.

Further reading[edit]

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