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hansom (plural hansoms)

  1. (historical) A Hansom cab; a carriage
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stephenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde:
      I rose accordingly from table, got into a hansom, and drove straight to Jekyll's house.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, in The Tremarn Case[1]:
      “There the cause of death was soon ascertained ; the victim of this daring outrage had been stabbed to death from ear to ear with a long, sharp instrument, in shape like an antique stiletto, which […] was subsequently found under the cushions of the hansom. […]”
    • 1931, Francis Beeding, “6/4”, in Death Walks in Eastrepps[2]:
      The ghost of Selby stirred in him. His thoughts slipped back to the day when he had stolen from his well-appointed office to a waiting hansom—there had still been a good many hansoms in those days—and driven quickly to the docks.