One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting a bicycle with relatively high handlebars ridden in an upright sitting position.‘he travels around London on a sit-up-and-beg bicycle’
- ‘I had bought a ramshackle iron sit-up-and-beg type bike from a man in La Cancha market in Cochabamba.’
- ‘These days the police ride BMX-style bikes, no more the old sit-up-and-beg; not surprising really if they are to engage in hot pursuits.’
- ‘On a grey blustery evening I watched the horses - ten big-boned, fiery Amelanders - being trotted into the village in pairs, each pulling a farmer on a sit-up-and-beg bicycle.’
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