Definition of straphanger in English:



  • 1A standing passenger in a bus or train.

    ‘the straphangers were swaying unsteadily’
    • ‘The other straphangers look at me with stony faces.’
    • ‘For the third year now, the spirits of weary straphangers on Calgary transit will be lifted.’
    • ‘A good Samaritan who was viciously slashed as he defended another subway rider from a razor-wielding robber said yesterday no other passengers came to his aid - not even the straphanger he rescued.’
    daily traveller, traveller, passenger
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    1. 1.1US A person who commutes to work by public transport.
      ‘single straphangers on their way to work’
      • ‘On my daily commute to work, I always notice a newspaper salesman at a dangerous intersection of the Grand Central Parkway, hawking all of New York's hometown papers for both straphangers and drivers.’
      • ‘But there will be plenty of other victims - starting with the 7 million straphangers and 600,000 schoolchildren who depend on city subways and buses every day.’
      • ‘The technology just couldn't shake the stereotype of being too fanciful for real-world straphangers.’
      • ‘Unbeknownst to the vast majority of straphangers, the humble MetroCard is essentially a floppy disk, uniquely identified by a serial number on the flip side.’
      • ‘New York's most beautiful outer-borough neighborhoods have a harder time competing with Westchester and New Jersey for affluent residents when straphangers must endure brutal commutes.’