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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hansom
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
cab
▪ The time when you would be relieved by the spectre of a hansom cab in the eerily unpeopled streets.
▪ In addition to the milk floats there were also a few redundant horse vehicles, including a pre-war bread van and a hansom cab.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ As he spoke, the hansom turned into the drive before the Foreign Office.
▪ Bid Mrs Hudson to have a hansom flagged down and waiting for us.
▪ I caught up with him on Exhibition Road, where he had run into the street and flagged down a hansom.
▪ In addition to the milk floats there were also a few redundant horse vehicles, including a pre-war bread van and a hansom cab.
▪ The time when you would be relieved by the spectre of a hansom cab in the eerily unpeopled streets.
▪ Then, every evening - oh, the danger of it - home by hansom.
▪ Yes ... I remember a hansom pipped me to a good prospect, in Threadneedle Street.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Hansom

Hansom \Han"som\ (h[a^]n"s[u^]m), n., Hansom cab \Han"som cab`\ (k[a^]b`). [From the name of the inventor.] A light, low, two-wheeled covered carriage with the driver's seat elevated behind, the reins being passed over the top.

He hailed a cruising hansom . . . `` 'Tis the gondola of London,'' said Lothair.
--Beaconsfield.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
hansom

"two-wheeled, two-person cab," 1847, from James A. Hansom (1803-1882), English architect who designed such a vehicle c.1834.

Wiktionary
hansom

n. (context historical English) A Hansom cab; a carriage

WordNet
hansom

n. a two-wheeled horse-drawn covered carriage with the driver's seat above and behind the passengers [syn: hansom cab]

Wikipedia
Hansom (surname)

Hansom is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Charles Francis Hansom (1816–1888), an English architect
  • Joseph Hansom (1803–1882), an English architect and inventor
  • Edward Joseph Hansom (1842–1900), an English architect

Usage examples of "hansom".

He motioned silently for Ravenswood to bring the blackmailer, and for Drake and Irisa to head back toward the hansom cab.

He was loping by a parked and driverless Hansom cab when the voice of a young woman cried out from inside it.

Conan Doyle was a supreme storyteller and few other writers have so evocatively captured the language and times of Victorian London, with its gaslit streets and hansom cabs.

I think the motorman simply found the hansom unmanageable, for some reason.

So it was that in the course of an extraordinarily short time she found herself as deeply absorbed in the image of the little dead Clara Matilda, who, on a crossing in the Harrow Road, had been knocked down and crushed by the cruellest of hansoms, as she had ever found herself in the family group made vivid by one of seven.

Instead, she turned away from him again and half ran along York Gate towards the Marylebone Road and the general traffic with carriages and hansoms going in both directions.

Of a sudden the decent quiet of King Street, thus far accentuated rather than disturbed by the routine grind of hansoms and four-wheelers, was enlivened by spirited hoofs whose clatter stilled abruptly in front of the auction room.

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

  In front a continuous stream of hansoms and four-wheelers were rattling up, discharging their cargoes of shirt-fronted men and beshawled, bediamonded women.

In front a continuous stream of hansoms and four-wheelers were rattling up, discharging their cargoes of shirt fronted men and beshawled, bediamonded women.

It was impossible to hire a hansom cab anywhere in Spitalfields—not only were the residents too poor to afford the fares, cabbies were leery of robbery from East End gangs.

As the heart and soul of the British printing industry, Fleet Street was clogged by literally hundreds of newspaper reporters, ink-stained printers' journeymen and apprentices, bootblacks, newsboys scurrying along with stacks of the latest editions piled high, and women of dubious status all jostling elbows as they fought for space in the pubs, comandeered hansom cabs, and paid street urchins to run errands for them—all struggling to outwit one another in the business of keeping the Empire apprised of the latest news.

Was the man who came out of the Aerated Bread Shop and jumped into the hansom three minutes ago a youngish-looking man with dark whiskers and spectacles?

A brilliant bundle of energy broke forth from the silhouette and impacted the street where Jerk Hansom stood.

It was dark beyond the open side of the hansom, which swayed and jolted badly as they rattled over uneven paving, but as they whipped around a corner, she caught a glimpse of the Atheneum gentlemen's club.