What is the AMERICAN meaning of, “…a man who had no truck with looking back..”? I understand the meaning of a man in a truck looking back, but “who had no truck with looking back” eludes me. Alternative meanings for “truck” in Merriam-Webster include “barter” and “swap.”

The sentence, with regard to the Met Gala, appeared in the New York Times on 05/02/2023:

But Mr. Lagerfeld, who attended the party seven times and was a co-host once, in 2005 when the subject was Chanel, was also a man who had no truck with looking back, and who once announced, “I don’t want to see all those old dresses” when asked about an earlier retrospective of his work. And this was a gala full of old dresses. (A positive change, for once, from all the one-offs of the past.)

Edited for clarity, as requested; as it pertains to American English only. I neither write nor read French. I thought the Cambridge Dictionary was for British words. I was using MW Dictionary, for American words. I apologize.

  • The American and British meanings are the same: to have truck with something = to have dealings with something.
    – Greybeard
    Commented Feb 7 at 15:45

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If you say that you will have no truck with something, you are refusing to be involved with it in any way. Origin of the phrase "Have no truck with"

In other words, Karl Lagerfeld doesn't want to think about the past.

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    This answer gives concise meaning and good etymological reason. It should be accepted. Perhaps it should give a quote from the quoted link to make that clearer to readers.
    – Anton
    Commented May 3, 2023 at 6:40

The idiom to have no truck with something/someone means, according to Cambridge:

to refuse to become involved with something or someone because you do not approve of it, him, or her

  • I see a loose connection between this use of no truck, and no traction. Commented May 2, 2023 at 21:57
  • @anton "troque", not "truque" Commented May 3, 2023 at 12:02
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    @YosefBaskin Indeed, there is none. Graffito gives you the correct associations with words such as French “troque”.
    – Anton
    Commented May 3, 2023 at 13:00

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