noun (plural lorries)British
- A large, heavy motor vehicle for transporting goods or troops; a truck: [as modifier]: a lorry driverMore example sentences
- And he believes drivers of heavy lorries will avoid the new road because he says it will have to be built on a steep incline.
- As well as cars, there are frequent buses, heavy lorries and a lot of farm traffic.
- They say heavy lorries and cars are travelling too fast along the road, which is very narrow in parts.
fall off the back of a lorry
- • informal (Of goods) be acquired in dubious circumstances: he sells cheap computer games that have fallen off the back of a lorryMore example sentences
- Keep an eye out for pickpockets and remember that many of the things for sale 'fell off the back of a lorry'.
- "But it's not like stuffing a few pairs of jeans in your bag or a TV falling off the back of a lorry. This bread is keeping us alive."
- When I was a kid my neighbour was always selling things that seemed to have "fallen off the back of a lorry".
mid 19th century: perhaps from the given name Laurie.