from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A horse of a breed developed in England, having a gait characterized by pronounced flexion of the knee.
- n. A trotting horse suited for routine riding or driving; a hack.
- n. A coach or carriage for hire.
- transitive v. To cause to become banal and trite through overuse.
- transitive v. To hire out; let.
- adj. Banal; trite.
- adj. Having been hired.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ordinary horse.
- n. A carriage for hire or a cab.
- n. A horse used to ride or drive.
- n. A breed of English horse.
- adj. Offered for hire.
- v. To make uninteresting or trite by frequent use.
- v. To use as a hackney.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A horse for riding or driving; a nag; a pony.
- n. A horse or pony kept for hire.
- n. A carriage kept for hire; a hack; a hackney coach.
- n. A hired drudge; a hireling; a prostitute.
- adj. Let out for hire; devoted to common use; hence, much used; trite; mean
- transitive v. To devote to common or frequent use, as a horse or carriage; to wear out in common service; to make trite or commonplace.
- transitive v. To carry in a hackney coach.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A horse kept for riding or driving; a pad; a nag.
- n. A horse kept for hire; a horse much used; a hack.
- n. A coach or other carriage kept for hire. Also called hackney-coach.
- n. A person accustomed to drudgery; a person ready to be hired for any drudgery or dirty work; a hireling.
- n. A prostitute.
- n. A payment in hire or as in hire.
- Let out, employed, or done for hire; drudging; mercenary.
- 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.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a compact breed of harness horse
- n. a carriage for hire
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.
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.
When she went away, I called a hackney-coach for her, and getting behind it, went home with her to her lodgings.
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
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.
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.
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.