grip·​man | \ ˈgrip-mən How to pronounce gripman (audio) , -ˌman \

Definition of gripman

: a cable car operator

Examples of gripman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Val Lupiz, another gripman, said the buzz around the cable car barn is that another cable car could be rolled out and parked for visitors at the Beach and Hyde streets turntable if the Powell Street photo opp is a success. Michael Cabanatuan,, "The cable cars are back — but only for photos," 26 Sep. 2020 But gripmen and conductors soon realized its musical potential, and the bell-ringing contest began more than a half-century ago. Heather Knight,, "Lord of the rings: Cable car bell champ spreads good cheer," 3 Dec. 2019 My grandfather earned his living as a gripman on Chicago’s cable cars; my grandmother scrubbed floors. WSJ, "Hard to Pick Immigrants for the Long Term," 17 June 2019 The operator, or gripman, uses a lever to grip the cable moving beneath the street. Tony Long, WIRED, "Aug. 2, 1873: San Francisco’s First Cable Car Conquers Nob Hill," 2 Aug. 2011

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First Known Use of gripman

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Gripman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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