American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A large bus, typically used for sightseeing.
- n. A horse-drawn, and then later, motorized omnibus with open sides, and often, no roof.
- n. a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport
- From French char-à-bancs ("a carriage with benches"). (Wiktionary)
- From French char à bancs : char, coach, carriage (from Old French, cart; see chariot) + à, with (from Latin ad, toward; see ad-) + bancs, benches, pl. of banc (from Old French; see bank3). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You've no doubt guessed the festive twist already; yes, instead of trundling around sunny southern Europe, the titular charabanc will slowly wend its way to Lapland, culminating in a meeting with "the real Father Christmas".”
“From a charabanc hung red, green and white flags at every window.”
“My mother was once in a charabanc that went under a railway bridge in Bedfordshire and then slowly tipped over and deposited them all into a ditch.”
“They were going to Clacton in what he called a “charabanc.””
“Once again he saw himself, as if in a nightmare, watching impotently as the bizarre charabanc of facts and conjecture hurtled on its predestined course.”
“I never thought that anything could make Alma or the Kabul retreat seem like a charabanc picnic, but that day did, and I was through it, dawn to dusk, as no other man was.”
“Paying for a charabanc for a trip to London for a Rowen led protest.”
“Who needs to worry about defectors when you have someone inside the Government, shoving a brick on the accellerator and pointing the party charabanc at a wall...”
“To hear some of my friends in politics and political journalism talk, you would think that democracy is a kind of jolly charabanc on to which all reasonable citizens have clambered, even if we may argue about the route.”
“On cold, wet, ragged mornings they were all like that in my first year I'd board this ice-box of a charabanc and be greeted, without fail, with the same transmission comprising of music videos for 'Black Hole Sun' by Soundgarden and 'Out Of Tears' by The Rolling Stones.”
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