straphanger

[ strap-hang-er ]
/ ˈstræpˌhæŋ ər /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. strap work,
  2. strap-hinge,
  3. strap-laid,
  4. strap-oil,
  5. straphang,
  6. strapless,
  7. strapline,
  8. strappado,
  9. strapped,
  10. strapped for

Origin of straphanger

First recorded in 1900–05; strap + hanger

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British Dictionary definitions for straphanger

straphanger

/ (ˈstræpˌhæŋə) /

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for straphanger

straphanger

n.

also strap-hanger "bus or subway rider," 1905, from strap (n.) + hanger. In reference to the hanging straps in cars meant to be held on to by those without seats.

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