straphanger

[strap-hang-er]
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:
1900–05; strap + hanger

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straphanger (ˈstræpˌhæŋə)
 
n
informal a passenger in a bus, train, etc, who has to travel standing, esp by holding on to a strap
 
'straphanging
 
n

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straphanger definition


  1. n.
    a subway passenger; bus passenger; commuter. : I didn't think I could get used to being a straphanger.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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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.
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