from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A row of cabs on a cab-stand.


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  • Some of the most interesting parts of the book are Cherie's explanations of how the British legal system works, in particular what is called the cab-rank principal in which it is frowned upon for a barrister to turn down a case, just because he doesn't like the case, if he is available and the client can pay the fees, he or she must take the case.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Rozenberg is right to defend the cab-rank principle, but the legal profession's collective behaviour hear is rank of a different sort.

    Rozenberg on the culture of PI

  • The verdict of the cab-rank was that he had had some sort of stroke.

    The Invisible Man

  • During the epic battle of Kohima, where the enemy was finally stopped in its thrust to take India, the Hurricanes were lined up in cab-rank formation just outside the battle area, ready to be called in to attack targets that were threatening our troops.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • He walked away toward the waiting-room by the line of empty carriages; opened the door of one of them, as if to look after something that he had left behind, and detected Mr. Bashwood making for the cab-rank on the opposite side of the platform.


  • Then at the cab-rank he watched two gentlemen come to blows, bidding for the sole jarvey.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • "Pore old guv'nor!" he said tenderly; and Amaryllis with difficulty restrained her surprise at his change from the local dialect to that of the London cab-rank.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick

  • Galloping now in front, now in rear of the two, and then prancing towards them sideways, but always out of reach, he whirled his heavy chain about like a lasso, to the danger of everybody around; many of the passengers being still on the platform looking after their belongings or waiting for cabs, most of the vehicles that had been drawn up on the cab-rank having already driven off loaded.

    Bob Strong's Holidays Adrift in the Channel

  • The cab-rank in Sloane Square is really a Home for Superannuated

    Not George Washington — an Autobiographical Novel

  • The nearest cab-rank was no great distance away, but, excluding the possibility of no cab being there, it might, for all practicable purposes, as well have been a mile off.

    The Devil Doctor


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