skull cracker


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skull cracker

[′skəl ‚krak·ər]
(engineering)
A heavy iron or steel ball that can be swung freely or dropped by a derrick to raze buildings or to compress bulky scrap. Also known as wrecking ball.

wrecking ball, skull cracker

A heavy steel ball used in structural demolition; usually swung or dropped from a crane or derrick.
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A SERIAL armed robber dubbed the "Skull Cracker" has been caught after going on the run for the third time.
Michael Wheatley, dubbed the "Skull Cracker", has been caught after going on the run
PAUL BLACKWELL SAYS: "Michael Wheatley, aka the Skull Cracker, escaped from an open prison.
The clothing and silver was auctioned Wednesday afternoon, and the fans, jewelry and other items, yesterday.One of the other items on sale was a Plains Indian "skull cracker" from the late 1800s.
A dangerous armed robber, dubbed the Skull Cracker, was given 13 life sentences yesterday for a string of raids on building societies and banks.
In May, Michael "Skull Cracker" Wheatley, 55, serving 13 life sentences for armed robberies, was recaptured by police five days after absconding from a Kent open prison while on day release.
A ROBBER dubbed the Skull Cracker holds up a building society with a gun while on the run from an open prison.
e recent spate of escapes from open prisons - including violent armed robber "Skull Cracker" Michael Wheatley who absconded from on the Isle of Sheppey for four days, and Anthony Peloe and John Arnold who yesterday ran from orn Cross open prison in Cheshire - has led Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to look at tightening the rules governing open prisons.
The cult favorite is the ESEE-5, a nice handful of drop point with quarter-inch thick blade steel, nicely sculpted Micarta handles and a glass-breaker on the butt serving double duty as a wicked skull cracker. The smaller ESEE-4 and 3 models can perform a myriad of roles from everyday carry to light field chores and serious skinning.
SKULL Cracker Michael Wheatley was allowed out of jail despite a stark warning put on his file days before he went on the run.
Michael Wheatley, 55, nicknamed Skull Cracker, was arrested in Tower Hamlets, east London, on Wednesday, after allegedly raiding the Chelsea Building Society in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, of PS18,350.
But not to keeping violent criminals with names like Skull Cracker, Slasher or Bone Crusher behind bars.