trolley

noun
1 (BrE) small vehicle ⇨ See also ↑cart
ADJECTIVE
laden, loaded

The waiter was pushing a laden sweet trolley towards our table.

drinks, tea
dessert, sweet
hostess
baggage, luggage, shopping
hospital, supermarket
abandoned

the problem of abandoned trolleys littering the countryside

VERB + TROLLEY
load, pile

Passengers with trolleys piled high with luggage waited at the check-in desk.

push, wheel
TROLLEY + NOUN
service

On many trains, refreshments are provided by a trolley service.

dash

The club sold tickets for a trolley dash at the supermarket to raise money for charity.

PREPOSITION
on a/the trolley

They brought breakfast to the room on a trolley.

2 (AmE) vehicle driven by electricity ⇨ See also ↑tram
VERB + TROLLEY
catch, ride, take

We took the trolley over to the hotel.

TROLLEY + NOUN
bus (usually trolleybus) (BrE), car (old-fashioned)
line, system, track

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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