Definition of straphanger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstraphaŋɡə/


1A standing passenger in a bus or train: the straphangers were swaying unsteadily
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  • A good Samaritan who was viciously slashed as he defended another subway rider from a razor-wielding robber said yesterday no other passengers came to his aid - not even the straphanger he rescued.
  • The other straphangers look at me with stony faces.
  • For the third year now, the spirits of weary straphangers on Calgary transit will be lifted.
1.1chiefly US A person who commutes to work by public transport: single straphangers on their way to work
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  • New York's most beautiful outer-borough neighborhoods have a harder time competing with Westchester and New Jersey for affluent residents when straphangers must endure brutal commutes.
  • On my daily commute to work, I always notice a newspaper salesman at a dangerous intersection of the Grand Central Parkway, hawking all of New York's hometown papers for both straphangers and drivers.
  • But there will be plenty of other victims - starting with the 7 million straphangers and 600,000 schoolchildren who depend on city subways and buses every day.



Pronunciation: /ˈstraphaŋ/
Example sentences
  • Dave and I are heading home on the Tozai Line one evening, when a guy gets on and stands in front of us, strap-hanging.
  • You squeeze on-board next to a woman strap-hanging with an paperback.
  • I'm glad I did a proper job before comedy because it's made me grateful for not having to strap-hang for an hour into work every day.

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