straphanger

noun
strap·​hang·​er | \ ˈstrap-ˌhaŋ-ər How to pronounce straphanger (audio) \

Definition of straphanger

: 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

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Other Words from straphanger

straphang \ ˈstrap-​ˌhaŋ How to pronounce straphang (audio) \ intransitive verb

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The straphanger suffered bruising and swelling to his face. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Person of interest ID'd in Times Square subway station attack," 2 Oct. 2018 The straphanger suffered bruising and swelling to his face. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Person of interest ID'd in Times Square subway station attack," 2 Oct. 2018 The straphanger suffered bruising and swelling to his face. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Person of interest ID'd in Times Square subway station attack," 2 Oct. 2018 The straphanger suffered bruising and swelling to his face. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Person of interest ID'd in Times Square subway station attack," 2 Oct. 2018 The straphanger suffered bruising and swelling to his face. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Person of interest ID'd in Times Square subway station attack," 2 Oct. 2018 With straphangers living through an especially bad stretch in MTA service over the past couple of years, for instance, the Voice’s subway coverage has been especially vital. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Village Voice has been shut down," 31 Aug. 2018 Those officers will be tasked with building relationships with Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees and straphangers by riding the subways and patrolling stations. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "De Blasio to Move ‘Neighborhood Policing’ Idea to Subway Lines," 12 Apr. 2018 Cyclists simply know more about how the streets work than drivers do in the same way that subway rats are more attuned to the workings of the transit system than the typical straphanger. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "The Ethics of Breaking Traffic Laws," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of straphanger

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of straphanger was in 1896

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