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coach1

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Pronunciation: /kəʊtʃ
 
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noun

1British A comfortably equipped single-decker bus used for longer journeys: [as modifier]: a coach trip
More example sentences
  • I think the only time I've ever been to Birmingham was on an evening coach journey for a school theatre trip, probably twenty years ago.
  • Instead, we booked a nine-hour coach journey into Dallas, Texas, where we would stay for a couple of days, before moving down to Austin.
  • She was allowed to sit at the front on the coach journey home, on her own, with the rest of the class huddled together in the back three rows.
Synonyms
2British A railway carriage.
Example sentences
  • After his marriage in 1897 he worked as a painter of railway coaches, as a tinter of photographs, and as a house painter.
  • She enjoyed riding in a railway coach behind the smoking engine and remembers that she even thought she would like to be engine driver when she was older.
  • So, why haven't the railways upgraded their coaches?
Synonyms
carriage, wagon, compartment, van, Pullman;
North American car
2.1North American (also coach class) The cheapest class of seating in an aircraft or train.
Example sentences
  • Our train consists of six coach class cars, a cafe car, and one business class car.
  • Sale fares are available daily for Envoy class, but only between Monday and Thursday for coach class.
  • It is the only major carrier to continue offering free meals in coach class on all flights after other airlines suspended meal service or started selling snacks as a way to cut costs.
3A closed horse-drawn carriage.
Example sentences
  • It was a wonderful sight to see because many of the guests arrived in horse-drawn coaches and carriages.
  • At the turn of the 20th century, he became landlord of the nearby Coach and Horses and ran a livery business from there with horse-drawn coaches and traps for hire.
  • Horse-drawn coaches heading for Scotland have been replaced by commuters on the A1, which is right on the doorstep.
Synonyms
horse-drawn carriage, trap, hackney, hansom, gig, landau, brougham, cab

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top  
Travel by coach: fly or coach to the shores of the Mediterranean

adverb

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In economy class accommodation in an aircraft or train: many employees are now flying coach instead of business class to Europe
More example sentences
  • We normally ride coach and bring along some extra padding to make the seats more comfortable.
  • Yoli and I were traveling coach to Chicago since the trip would be only ten hours.

Origin

mid 16th century (in sense 3 of the noun): from French coche, from Hungarian kocsi (szekér) '(wagon) from Kocs', a town in Hungary.

Phrases

drive a coach and horses through

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British Make (something) ineffective: he’s driving a coach and horses through our environmental legislation
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  • Because it's unwritten it's very easy to drive a coach and horses through, because it has no legal protection in text.
  • But the legal people have told me they could drive a coach and horses through that one.
  • The internet drove a coach and horses through this prim arrangement.

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coach2

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Pronunciation: /kəʊtʃ
 
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noun

1An instructor or trainer in sport: a football coach the coach of the Canadian team
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  • He said his executive used trained coaches and referees to educate sports teachers in schools as a way of broadening participation in youth programmes.
  • It's no secret that inner-city coaches in any sport have one of the toughest jobs in all of high school athletics.
  • Either the football coach or an athletic trainer initiated the injury report.
Synonyms
1.1A private tutor who gives extra teaching.
Example sentences
  • His wife, Kelly, keeps busy as an English teacher and coach at Oakdale High School.
  • Nature, of course, is improved upon by a phalanx of speech coaches, tutors, finishing lessons, cosmetics specialists and designers.
  • I was thinking about how to prepare and hired a private coach.
1.2Australian another term for coacher.

verb

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1Train or instruct (a team or player): he moved on to coach the England team
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  • He is a quiet player on the court, he coaches teammates, but doesn't get very emotional one way or the other.
  • Talented young players will be coached and trained at the Football Academy.
  • For a time he coached swimmers, then moved into the business world.
1.1Give (someone) extra teaching: she was coached for stardom by her mother
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  • I learned the finer points of grammar as a high schooler coaching elementary-school kids.
  • In addition, retired dancers earn extra money coaching young artists so they can accept holiday engagements as guests in smaller companies.
  • Parents first got their children privately coached by school teachers.
1.2Teach (a subject or sport) as a coach: he teaches history and coaches rugby
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  • Now retired, he spent his time teaching geography and coaching soccer, a life he loved very much.
  • He began his teaching career in 1935 at Storer College, where he taught English and coached football.
  • As a teacher Andy worked at the City of London School, where he coached cricket and rugby.
1.3Give (someone) instructions as to what to do or say in a particular situation: he had improperly coached a witness to testify more credibly
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  • The attorney representing the woman tried his best to coach the woman as instructed, and in an hour, the court reconvened.
  • Over the prison phone, he'd been coaching his alibi witness to commit perjury, so he had to explain the general setup inside a courtroom.
  • They collude, have unlimited access to finance, and bring witnesses who are coached to commit perjury.
1.4Give (someone) professional advice on how to attain their goals.
Example sentences
  • Knowing how hard it is to get auditions, especially with English National Opera, this chance to be coached by ENO professionals was too good to miss.
  • All the coaches will be lecturers at the colleges who have studied for professional coaching qualifications.
  • Taylor is also the managing director of a professional development and executive coaching company.

Origin

early 18th century (as a verb): figuratively from coach1.

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