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Origin of stagecoach

First recorded in 1630–40; stage + coach Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a large four-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle formerly used to carry passengers, mail, etc, on a regular route between towns and cities
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Word Origin and History for stagecoach

also stage-coach, 1650s, from stage (n.) in a sense of "division of a journey without stopping for rest" (c.1600) + coach (n.).

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