Definition of hackney in English:
noun (plural hackneys)historical
- As the hackney rolled forth the meaning of Caroline's answer registered in Charlotte's mind.
- You'd feel for all the other taxi drivers and hackneys, particularly those working at night.
- He said the only problem taxi drivers had with the proposed new code was the proposal that all taxis, hackneys and limousines be fitted with a front passenger swivel seat to facilitate entry and exit for people with reduced mobility.
- Taxi licensing is dealt with by local authorities and Ribble Valley Council currently has 26 operators, 66 private hire vehicles, 49 hackney cabs and 81 drivers on its books.
- One means was, of course, new taxation, which was imposed on salt, stamps, hackney coaches, and, especially, on land.
- And three-quarters of private hire taxis and 55 per cent of hackney cabs stopped for roadside checks were discovered to have faults.
Middle English: probably from Hackney in East London, England, where horses were pastured. The term originally denoted an ordinary riding horse (as opposed to a warhorse or draft horse), especially one available for hire: hence hackney carriage or coach, and the verb hackney meaning 'use (a horse) for general purposes', later 'make commonplace by overuse' (see hackneyed).
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