By the truckload

cool-jupiter

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello, forum veterans. Let me ask you a question.

"Now we've got a new plane and we will be able to transport cargo by the truckload!"

Is it OK to use the expression "by the truckload" when you are actually talking about planes? A plane is usually much bigger than a truck, so I am a bit confused.
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    No, I wouldn't be mixing things up like that – nor would I use "boatload" or "pantload" there. :)

    (And I don't care if trucks are delivering the goods to be shipped by plane.) ;)
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    "By the truckload" is used as an idiom to mean "in (undefined) large amounts" not literally amounts in the size of trucks. There are many sizes of trucks and airplanes.
     

    cool-jupiter

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    Copyright - Thank you very much for your quick answer! Now I have to think up some other expressions...

    Myridon - Thank you for your answer! So, I assume that if you are capable of transporting cargo by the truckload, you are able to transport tons of cargo. Do I have this right?
     
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