Main definitions of cab in English

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cab1

noun

  • 1A taxi.

    ‘she hailed a cab’
    as modifier ‘cab drivers’
    • ‘While we're caught up with the mafia, so is the protagonist, who starts off as a down on his luck taxi cab driver.’
    • ‘Finally the security hailed a taxi cab and pushed us in and it drove away.’
    • ‘I can drown out local radio in the back of a taxi cab, and waiting around at airports is a positive pleasure.’
    • ‘Dani paid the taxi cab driver while Bryan started to take their luggage out of the trunk.’
    • ‘A taxi cab driver goes to the airport, which is in the next city 5-10 miles from his house, and he doesn't know where his costumer will tell him to go.’
    • ‘But while the couple survived with barely a scratch, the taxi cab just one car ahead of them didn't appear so lucky.’
    • ‘in the way back it was very discouraging to hear and join the conversation in the taxi cab with the other two men and the driver that was all about expectations for the disastrous circumstances ahead!’
    • ‘My last memory of my real life is that I was sitting in the back of a dingy taxi cab in Prague.’
    • ‘As the yellow taxi cab pulled away from the curb, and wound its way into the onslaught of New York traffic, Erica leaned back in the seat and pulled out her book.’
    • ‘But who's to say he wouldn't have made it up there had a taxi cab not slammed into a lamppost in peasoup fog?’
    • ‘A yellow taxi cab pulled up and he quickly rushed outside, throwing a final glance over his shoulder before hopping into the car.’
    • ‘Our taxi cab was stopped by the religious police because a woman was seated in the rear seat between two men, neither her husband.’
    • ‘He was later picked up in a silver-coloured taxi cab which took him to Lime Street.’
    • ‘Leaving the graveyard, I hailed a taxi cab to take me to the train station where I got on the train without having to pay a cent.’
    • ‘I didn't want to get a taxi cab, being short on money.’
    • ‘We kept him there for twenty more minutes, and when he had to leave we literally followed him to the door of his taxi cab.’
    • ‘If your travel plans do not include hotel transfers and you are traveling with a partner or a group, send someone outside to stand in line for a taxi cab while the others wait to pick up the luggage.’
    • ‘Jeff from the plane was getting out of the taxi cab behind her.’
    • ‘A taxi cab driver and a pedestrian were also victims of drunken-driving by the prince who is known for his forays to discos and nightclubs.’
    • ‘The taxi cab driver, who hails from Guana, waited in the car during my meeting and then drove me back to the hotel.’
    taxi, taxi cab, minicab, hackney cab
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    1. 1.1historical A horse-drawn vehicle for public hire.
      • ‘The relaxation of licensing control on horse-drawn cabs in 1831 led to a great and necessary increase, J. A. Hansom inventing his famous cab in 1834.’
      • ‘As late as the 1940s, there was only one bus, a few motor taxis and some horse-drawn cabs on the island.’
      • ‘And there's all these Victorian horse-drawn cabs outside and all the cabbies are trying to avoid eye-contact.’
      • ‘A few horse-drawn cabs loomed black in the street, half-broken and loose-jointed like crippled, dozing crabs or cockroaches.’
      • ‘I longed for my parents to hire a horse-drawn cab instead of a taxi but that did not happen.’
  • 2The driver's compartment in a lorry, bus, or train.

    • ‘He quickly glanced around and saw the engineer leaning out of the cab as the train slowed from its already slow speed.’
    • ‘While no-one was injured, the lorry's cab and the car burst into flames and three fire engines were called to the scene.’
    • ‘They include more guards on trains, a ‘no radio, no train’ rule for trains with faulty communication systems and stronger drivers' cabs.’
    • ‘In all his years he has only been off twice after suffering a double strangulated hernia when he slipped out of a lorry cab and then again for a ‘repair job.’’
    • ‘The lorry driver escaped from his cab and was treated at Chesterfield Royal Infirmary for minor injuries, and later released.’
    • ‘It also had a cab for driving the train backwards.’
    • ‘The spokesman said the cab became stuck and as the driver tried to free it, it fell from the crane, hit the ground beside him and fell against him, trapping him between the cab and his lorry.’
    • ‘Then a blue van struck the front of the lorry as it was in the ditch, pushing two ladders, which were on board, into the driver's side of the lorry cab.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when little children dreamed of a career in the cab of a train, plane or automobile.’
    • ‘A large black lorry with a red cab was seen making its getaway with its tipper still up, leaving a trail of debris down the street.’
    • ‘The officer turned as the driver went about his business, looking for something in the glove compartments of the truck cab.’
    • ‘In the cab, the driver gets full seat and wheel adjustments, plus remote central locking, electric windows, CD player and so on.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that in those days, to be in the cab of a working mainline steam engine had to be on a par with a ride in a jet fighter today.’
    • ‘Detectives are hunting a gang who dragged a sleeping lorry driver from his cab in Bury and took him on a ‘ride of terror’.’
    • ‘A railway employee alerted a nearby signalbox to stop all trains when he saw that the barrier had landed between the lorry's cab and trailer unit.’
    • ‘He travelled in a driver's cab from London to Swindon and spent two days with Great North Eastern in Newcastle and York.’
    • ‘Traditionally, an engineer in the cab of a locomotive receives hand signals and radio commands from employees on the ground.’
    • ‘The student jumped onto the draw-bar separating the cab of the lorry from the trailer and travelled on the vehicle as far as the Mall where he either slipped or tried to jump off.’
    • ‘Before remote controls were used, veteran engineers controlled the locomotives from inside the cab.’
    • ‘Underground access was still available from the driver's cab of any passing train.’
    • ‘She was still lying in the back of the lorry cab listening to the rain falling on the roof, the engine rumbling on below and the windscreen wipers scraping against the glass at the front.’
    compartment, driver's compartment, cabin
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verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Travel in a taxi.

    ‘Roger cabbed home’
    • ‘While I was still in a dilemma as to whether I should ask them verbally if they are indeed cabbing, another dilemma stepped up in the form of a tyrannical auntie.’
    • ‘Paul says he'll leave me to it, lends me his coat as it's turning nippy, and cabs it back to the hotel.’
    • ‘I have at least ten awful driver mistakes done in blatant fashion in front of me every day I cab.’
    • ‘Plus once you're at the Guvernment, there is not much else around there so you have to cab it back downtown.’
    • ‘Having had a perfectly lovely evening, we cab it back into town.’
    • ‘I might cab it back to the city and see what's going down there.’
    • ‘Before I left Louisiana, I cabbed out to Metarie on the same side of the Mississippi as New Orleans, across from Gretna, to Metarie Cemetery.’
    • ‘We went to get a late dinner and cabbed it to our houses.’
    • ‘Finally she cabs it over with her ex-boyfriend whom she hasn't spoken to in five months; he holds her hand the whole way.’
    • ‘Trashed, I cabbed it home and fell asleep in my clothes.’
    • ‘I will probably be going, though I'm unsure of whether I'll stay in the hotel or just cab it home each night.’
    • ‘I cabbed it out to Cnoc an Óir, my bike being incapacitated at the time, and met up with Pa and Our Si.’
    • ‘We brought it back to my place, packed a little more, and heated up leftovers at 11 PM after cabbing back to his place.’
    • ‘If three people decide to cab in together, one could pay, collect vouchers from the others and be reimbursed for all three.’
    • ‘I much prefer to cab; especially at night when you're all dressed up it feels so marvellously ritzy.’
    • ‘We cabbed there to rendezvous with more bar staff, once again forming a platoon of hard pounders.’
    • ‘Azee cabbed it home, and DH and I went back to the apartment to lie around and moan, and not in a sexy way, either.’
    • ‘If you're coming from the city, you might want to cab it.’

Phrases

  • (the) first cab off the rank

    • informal The first to seize an opportunity.

      ‘the party is the first cab off the rank in opposing this bill’
      • ‘First cab off the rank is Marty, whose geriatric parents read badly off an autocue.’
      • ‘It is very interesting that he was, I think, the first cab off the rank to say "No way!"’
      • ‘The store will be first cab off the rank with its earnings release.’
      • ‘First cab off the rank was an automated phone poll of 1583 respondents immediately after the election was called.’
      • ‘If and when there's an opportunity for smart long-term equity, we'll want to be considered first cab off the rank.’
      • ‘There were three of us in the car and I was given the privilege of being first cab off the rank.’
      • ‘I found it most interesting that he was the first cab off the rank to bag this bill, to bag transparency, and to bag accountability.’
      • ‘We sort of like to be the first cab off the ranks, so we started last week.’
      • ‘In Australia, this cotton is the first cab off the rank in this category of genetically modified plants.’
      • ‘These employers are just the first cabs off the rank, testing the boundaries of their new found freedoms.’

Origin

Early 19th century: abbreviation of cabriolet.

Pronunciation

cab

/kab/

Main definitions of cab in English

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cab2

noun

informal
  • A cabinet containing a speaker or speakers for a guitar amplifier.

    • ‘So does anyone know if this will hurt my guitar cab?’
    • ‘All guitar cab grills are secured by screws, not cheap Velcro.’
    • ‘Besides the speaker in the cab is a fairly high quality one, while the little 8 incher is a farty little stock speaker.’

Origin

Late 20th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

cab

/kab/

Main definitions of cab in English

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CAB3

  • 1Citizens' Advice Bureau.

  • 2US Civil Aeronautics Board.