One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A female conductor, especially in a bus or other passenger vehicle.
- ‘I remember that one of us (often it was I) was selected to pay the fare to the conductress for all who entered the bus.’
- ‘The conductress comes along, and I realise that I cannot find my ticket.’
- ‘Eight of the women were employed as conductresses during the war and four more have had previous experience with other companies.’
- ‘Unfortunately for him he was overheard by the conductress.’
- ‘So the bus conductress wouldn't allow me to sit on the only empty double seat on the 38 because she was kneeling on it.’
- ‘However, it was alleged that, when leaving the bus, the appellant's conduct towards the conductress amounted to an offence under section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986.’
- ‘Even the conductress will occasionally offer a helping hand to an overburdened bumpkin.’
- ‘As a conductress of Indian schools, and a helper amongst Indian women, your assistance will be to me invaluable.’
- ‘During World War I conductresses were issued with uniforms for the first time.’
- ‘A neighbour once heard a passenger inform the conductress that there was an unaccompanied dog on the bus.’
- ‘Richard Uridge trundles round the Eden Valley in Cumbria in a vintage red bus with Will Hamer, its driver, and his daughter Alison Morris, who's the conductress.’
- ‘It was there that she met world-renowned conductor Zubin Mehta by chance at Florence Opera and then became an assistant conductress to him.’
- ‘The most surreal presence was a black-and-white monitor of the conductor, there for the benefit of the backstage conductress to direct a chimer who had to ape the sounds of church bells.’
- ‘This was the bus everyone wanted to be aboard, and the conductress had to hold the waiting mob of travellers at bay as if they were eager teenagers waiting to board a coach on a school trip.’
- ‘Instead of pushing through the standing passengers with her heavy ticket machine, the conductress stayed near the door and invited standing passengers to pass down their fares at their leisure.’
- ‘When I caught sight of this little girl, she was twisting herself round on her heel, swinging from her conductress's hand, flinging herself from side to side with wanton and fantastic gyrations.’
- ‘Meanwhile conducting slowly became a female job, even though conductresses had to cope with the same technology as drivers.’
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