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  1. a passenger who stands in a crowded bus or subway train and holds onto a strap or other support suspended from above.
  2. 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. 2018

Related Words for straphanger

passenger, driver, traveler, cowboy, straphanger, gaucho, suburbanite

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British Dictionary definitions for straphanger


  1. 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

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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