from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as hansom.


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  • But it was also a place where a grandmother from Yonkers could take her granddaughter for tea in the Palm Court, where a couple of hansom-cab drivers could come in for a beer at the Oak Bar after a day of driving tourists through Central Park.

    Evgenia Peretz on the Plaza

  • Men drove cars now to the same tick as the old horse-bus and hansom-cab drivers had driven their slipping, sliding, clattering gees.

    Over the River

  • How can I pluck up courage to take the horse out of my hansom-cab, when I do not know whether my evolutionary watch is only a little fast or the cabman's a little slow?


  • My highly respectable father's proboscis was pure Greek -- Greek so pure, sir, that the late President of the Royal Academy has been known to follow him about London in a hansom-cab from dawn to dewy eve in the hope of catching its outline.

    Despair's Last Journey

  • We drove up home in style, in a hansom-cab, and I knocked three times at the front door without getting an answer.

    The Diary of a Nobody

  • And some day I might even ride in a hansom-cab, though I should have to succeed wonderfully to do that.

    Nights in London

  • Even Central Park seemed smaller than of old, and I couldn't remember which drives Dinky-Dunk and I had taken in the historic old hansom-cab after our equally historic marriage by ricochet.

    The Prairie Child

  • Bartley was making a third round of the Square when he heard the far-flung hoof-beats of a hansom-cab horse, driven rapidly.

    Alexander's Bridge

  • With that he fell from the balcony, bouncing on the stones below like a great ball of india-rubber, and went bounding off towards the corner of the Alhambra, where he hailed a hansom-cab and sprang inside it.

    The Man Who Was Thursday

  • To a realist a hansom-cab driver is a man who makes twenty-five shillings a week, lives in a back street in Pimlico, has a wife who drinks and children who grow up with an alcoholic taint; the realist will compare his lot with other cab-drivers, and find what part of his life is the product of the cab-driving environment, and on that basis he will write his book.

    English Literature: Modern Home University Library of Modern Knowledge


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