straphanger (n.) also strap-hanger "bus or subway rider," 1905, from STRAP (Cf. strap) (n.) + HANGER (Cf. hanger). In reference to the hanging straps in cars meant to be held on to by those without seats.

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  • straphanger — [strap′haŋ΄ər] n. Informal a standing passenger, as on a crowded bus or subway car, who holds onto a hanging strap or the like for support …   English World dictionary

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  • straphanger — n. a subway passenger. □ I didn’t think I could get used to being a straphanger. □ Straphangers learn to blot out their surroundings …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • straphanger — noun Date: 1905 a standing passenger in a subway, streetcar, bus, or train who clings for support to one of the short straps or similar devices placed along the aisle • straphang intransitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • straphanger — /strap hang euhr/, n. 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. [1900 05; STRAP + HANGER] * * * …   Universalium

  • straphanger — noun A person who travels using public transportation (often standing up and holding on to a strap). The number of elevators has grown significantly since 1990, when the Americans With Disabilities Act set off a transformation of the aging… …   Wiktionary

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  • straphanger — strap|hang|er [ stræp,hæŋər ] noun count INFORMAL a passenger who rides on a crowded bus or train …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • straphanger — n. passenger travelling on a bus or subway who grips a hanging strap for support; person who uses public transportation …   English contemporary dictionary

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