- 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
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Straphanger (in first-class compartment, to first-class passenger).Mr. Punch's Life in London
- informal a passenger in a bus, train, etc, who has to travel standing, esp by holding on to a strap
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Word Origin and History for straphanger
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