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

Examples of straphanger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two other straphangers helped restrain him, and video that captured part of the encounter shows Neely, a Michael Jackson impersonator, slowly go limp then die. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 5 May 2023 The 30-year-old was killed Monday during a confrontation where a straphanger put him in a lethal chokehold aboard a subway car. Emma Seiwell, al, 26 Jan. 2023 The straphanger’s cheek became bloodied. Collier Meyerson, Curbed, 25 Apr. 2022 On the 7 train, which runs from Manhattan to Queens, Benita sits uncomfortably among straphangers wearing surgical masks and KN95s. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2023 So he’s resigned to being a straphanger., 21 Dec. 2022 The videos shared on social media are like something calculated to bring a New York straphanger to the edge of a deep and primal panic, and possibly over that edge. Willy Blackmore, Curbed, 20 July 2021 New York City police announced Tuesday the arrest of a homeless man suspected of pushing a straphanger into the subway tracks in Brooklyn over the weekend. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 24 Nov. 2020 Transit activists, transit executives, disability-rights advocates, labor leaders, bus and subway workers, good-government gadflies, and straphangers from every borough expressed shock and dismay. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of straphanger was in 1896

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“Straphanger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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