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  • n. Plural form of hansom.


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  • The young man looked out of the window a moment, at the called hansoms that lurched up, at the smooth broughams that rolled away.

    The Lesson of the Master

  • We'll just take one of these two-wheeled sardine tins that you people call hansoms, and get round to the hotel as quick as we can.

    The Illustrious Prince

  • To vary Carlyle's phrase, you can pay for dinners, you can call hansoms, you can take stalls; in fact, you are a prince -- to the extent of a sovereign.

    Prose Fancies

  • On our main thoroughfares, the stream of omnibuses is quite as unbroken as the stream of electric and cable cars in New York; our van traffic is at least as heavy; and we have in addition the host of creeping "growlers" and darting hansoms, which is almost without counterpart in New York.

    America To-day, Observations and Reflections

  • We found no "hansoms" at the Dublin Station, only "outside cars," and cabs much neater than the London four-wheelers.

    Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (1 of 2) (1888)

  • A direct route to the financial heart of London, the Strand was justifiably crowded and jam-packed with pedestrians, hansoms, omnibuses and carriages from dusk to dawn.

    Promenades Through London: The Strand | Edwardian Promenade

  • High-swung barouches, with immense armorial bearings on their panels, driven by fat white-wigged coachmen, and having powdered footmen up behind them; seigniorial phaetons; daring tandems; discreet little broughams, brown or yellow; flippant high dog-carts; low but flippant Ralli-carts; very frivolous private hansoms shaming the more serious public ones.


  • Two hansoms were standing at the door, and as I entered the passage I heard the sound of voices from above.

    Sole Music

  • So far as I can determine, in Alexia's day mid 1870s, most cabs around London and Europe would be hansoms, except those used by elegant ladies, for whom a hansom was considered a trifle risqué.

    All Hail the Hansom - Travel in Victorian Cities

  • Shivering before a coal fire and listening to the din of trams and hansoms beneath his hotel window, La Farge framed a wistful conclusion: “Our South Seas days are over.”

    The Five of Hearts


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