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[kahr-fair] /ˈkɑrˌfɛər/
the amount charged for a ride on a subway, streetcar, bus, etc.
Origin of carfare
1865-70, Americanism; car1 + fare Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We sent 'em to Mrs. Trotter and she did the rest; except for three or four who came back to strike us for carfare.

  • Instead of keeping the sixteen dollars for your carfare and incidentals and such?

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • She lives near her work so does not have daily carfare, and she goes home at the noon hour for a little rest and for lunch.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • She explained to me that she would give me carfare but was not allowed to do so.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • He had in his pocket but five cents with which to pay his carfare home, so he sent the message collect.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • "My last ten cents I am spending it for carfare," she cried.

    The Competitive Nephew Montague Glass
  • She doesn't know the value of money, either; what'd seem big to her would be carfare for you.

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott
  • But the most discouraging of all was the telling of the cost of carfare to the Adirondacks.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Her expenses will also include a telephone, carfare, printed cards, and so on.

    The Canadian Girl at Work Marjory MacMurchy
  • So I asked if he would lend me carfare, which he did with a strange look.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for carfare


(US & Canadian) the fare that a passenger is charged for a ride on a bus, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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