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1North American A railroad porter.
carrier, bearer, baggage carrier, baggage bearerView synonyms
- ‘The word redcap (a porter) originally referred to a piece of red flannel tied for visibility around the caps of baggage carriers at New York's Grand Central Station.’
- ‘The flurry of activity led to mobilization of car attendants not employed directly by the Pullman Company and redcaps, plus the establishment of joint councils to handle jurisdictional disputes.’
- ‘This impacted the travel industry dramatically and affected many African Americans who serviced travelers as taxi drivers, hotel maids, and redcaps.’
- ‘When Nelson stopped to check his luggage with a redcap outside the terminal, the redcap told Nelson that he'd have to go inside - his name had been flagged because he'd bought his ticket the day before.’
2British informal A member of the military police.
- ‘After the redcaps ' sudden visit that sunny afternoon, we knew why.’
- ‘When we moved up to the attack we lost sight of them, but they actually cleared off and were caught by the redcaps.’
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