straphang

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Etymology[edit]

strap +‎ hang

Verb[edit]

straphang (third-person singular simple present straphangs, present participle straphanging, simple past and past participle straphung)

  1. (intransitive) To ride public transport while standing and holding onto a strap.
    • 1932, Great Britain, Parliamentary debates: Official report: Volume 269:
      Instead of having people coming from the outskirts, straphanging in omnibuses and trains, working in the centre under congested conditions in badly lit, insanitary buildings []
    • 1957, Brian Moore, The Feast of Lupercal:
      Unheeding the conductor's warning glare, Mr. Devine straphung, smiling, his lips forming soundless phrases as though he enjoyed a delightful, inaudible conversation.
    • 1989, Thomas Boyle, Only the dead know Brooklyn:
      He straphung for five stops, pressed on three sides by a young Rastafarian wearing a green-suede pillbox hat, an elderly, tiny Chinese couple, and a coffee-coloured nurse who was literally asleep on her feet.

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