straphanger

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

strap +‎ hanger

Noun[edit]

straphanger ‎(plural straphangers)

  1. A person who travels using public transportation (often standing up and holding on to a strap).
    • 2008, William Neuman, "$1 Billion Later, Subway Elevators Still Fail," New York Times, 19 May (retrieved 16 Nov. 2009):
      The number of elevators has grown significantly since 1990, when the Americans With Disabilities Act set off a transformation of the aging transit system. For the disabled, the changes promised to open doors, while thousands of other straphangers—parents with strollers, older travelers—expected a small dose of convenience in a wearying city.

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