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load onto

1. To get onto or into something, especially a vehicle, all at the same time. Make sure you take a head count after all the kids have loaded onto the bus. The passengers began loading onto the cruise ship, blissfully unaware of the horror that awaited them in the middle of the ocean.
2. To usher people onto or into something, especially a vehicle, all at the same time. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "load" and "into." We had just loaded everyone onto the boat when Tommy said he needed to use the bathroom. I hope they start loading us onto the plane soon.
3. To put a supply of something onto a structure, vehicle, or mode of conveyance. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "load" and "into." Let me know when you're finished loading that timber onto the truck. We'll need a forklift to load these pallets onto the shelves in the warehouse.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

load something onto someone or something

 and load something on
to lift something onto someone or something. We loaded the trunk onto Sam, and he carried it up the stairs into the house. Please help me load the boxes onto the cart. Load on the boxes, and let's go.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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