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straphanger

[ strap-hang-er ]
/ ˈstræpˌhæŋ ər /
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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.

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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 forms of straphanger

straphanging, noun
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