One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounNorth American
The fare for travel on a bus, underground train, or similar public transport.
- ‘It was fifteen minutes’ walk from the store, and by taking this walk twice a day she saved carfare and the price of luncheon.’
- ‘She gave Barbara $2.50, instructing her to put the fifty cents in the zipper of her wallet, to save for carfare home.’
- ‘I assured him that he could get his two hours on the job, and I gave him carfare home.’
- ‘Therefore, he demanded the return of the 50 cents admission, 10 cents carfare, and 30 cents for the time he spent at the ballpark.’
- ‘When he arrived in 1894, the story went, Little walked twenty miles to the Aikman ranch to save carfare.’
- ‘Not so long ago mothers would pin a dollar bill to their daughters underclothes when they went out on a date in case, for some reason, they needed carfare home.’
- ‘The labor van would drop you off at the job site with a time sheet, a dollar draw for lunch, and carfare home.’
- ‘Gamblers have a saying: "If you bet on a sure thing, be sure to save enough money for carfare home."’
- ‘‘Palestrina for a penny’ was his motto, referring to the carfare from the Royal College of Music to Westminster.’
- ‘To save the carfare, I started the long walk home from Manhattan to The Bronx, grateful but still shaken.’
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