from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A horse of a breed developed in England, having a gait characterized by pronounced flexion of the knee.
- noun A trotting horse suited for routine riding or driving; a hack.
- noun A coach or carriage for hire.
- transitive verb To cause to become banal and trite through overuse.
- transitive verb To hire out; let.
- adjective Banal; trite.
- adjective Having been hired.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Specifically, a breed of horses which combines thoroughbred blood with that of the English shire horse or cart-horse and also that of the native Irish horse.
- To wear, weary, or exhaust by frequent or excessive use, as a horse; hence, to render worn, trite, stale, etc., as by repetition.
- To ride or drive as a hackney.
- noun A horse kept for riding or driving; a pad; a nag.
- noun A horse kept for hire; a horse much used; a hack.
- noun A coach or other carriage kept for hire. Also called
- noun A person accustomed to drudgery; a person ready to be hired for any drudgery or dirty work; a hireling.
- noun A prostitute.
- noun A payment in hire or as in hire.
- Let out, employed, or done for hire; drudging; mercenary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Let out for hire; devoted to common use; hence, much used; trite; mean
- noun A horse for riding or driving; a nag; a pony.
- noun A horse or pony kept for hire.
- noun A carriage kept for hire; a hack; a hackney coach.
- noun A hired drudge; a hireling; a prostitute.
- transitive verb To devote to common or frequent use, as a horse or carriage; to wear out in common service; to make trite or commonplace.
- transitive verb To carry in a hackney coach.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun archaic An ordinary horse.
- noun A
carriagefor hire or a cab.
- noun A
horseused to rideor drive.
- noun A
- adjective not comparable Offered for
- verb To make uninteresting or
- verb To
useas a hackney.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a compact breed of harness horse
- noun a carriage for hire
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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When those involved were expelled after a huge public row over all sorts of things to do with how the party in hackney was run (at the time the press described the expellees as the good guys - they weren't) then it became the party they joined (ie the Lib Dems) who took it up.
To that end I called a hackney-coach, not greatly caring, I confess it, to be seen in broad daylight in London streets with such an astonishing pair of guys as poor old Ruffiano and his friend.
In Direst Peril David Christie Murray
I was not content to let him go: But presently we called a hackney-coach, and myself and him, and major Tasker went, and carried that money to Mr. Tryon.
State Trials, Political and Social Volume 1 (of 2) Harry Lushington Stephen 1902
When she went away, I called a hackney-coach for her, and getting behind it, went home with her to her lodgings.
Valerie Frederick Marryat 1820
Then they called a hackney-coach, which conveyed them to an inn, where they were furnished with a chariot and six, in which they set forward for
The History of the Life of the Late Mr Jonathan Wild the Great Henry Fielding 1730
Sir ROGER told me further, that he looked upon it to be very good for a man whilst he staid in town, to keep off infection, and that he got together a quantity of it upon the first news of the sickness being at _Dantzick_: When of a sudden, turning short to one of his servants who stood behind him, he bid him call a hackney-coach, and take care it was an elderly man that drove it.
The Coverley Papers Various
Sir Roger told me further, that he looked upon it to be very good for a man whilst he stayed in town, to keep off infection, and that he got together a quantity of it upon the first news of the sickness being at Dantzick: when of a sudden, turning short to one of his servants who stood behind him, he bid him call a hackney-coach, and take care it was an elderly man that drove it.
The De Coverley Papers From 'The Spectator' Joseph Addison 1695
Some people want a discreet vehicle to turn up for them, that's why they don't call a hackney carriage.
Mr Singleton proposed calling a hackney coach, she consented, and they stopt for it at the church porch.
“And here is my carriage,” he added, calling a hackney cab.