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straphanger

[strap-hang-er] /ˈstræpˌhæŋ ər/
noun
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
1900-1905
1900-05; strap + hanger
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  • It's enough to make a straphanger ponder his mortality, the state of the world, the fate of the universe itself.
British Dictionary definitions for straphanger

straphanger

/ˈstræpˌhæŋə/
noun
1.
(informal) a passenger in a bus, train, etc, who has to travel standing, esp by holding on to a strap
Derived Forms
straphanging, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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Slang definitions & phrases for straphanger

strainer

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soup-strainer


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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