[ strap-hang-er ]
/ ˈstræpˌhæŋ ər /


a passenger who stands in a crowded bus or subway train and holds onto a strap or other support suspended from above.
any user of such public transportation.

Origin of straphanger

First recorded in 1900–05; strap + hanger Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for straphanger

/ (ˈstræpˌhæŋə) /


informal a passenger in a bus, train, etc, who has to travel standing, esp by holding on to a strap

Derived forms of straphanger

straphanging, noun
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