(plural: ‘straphangers‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a passenger who travels on public transport, on a local bus or train, standing as all the seats are filled up and holds/hangs on to the strap with a loop to keep his/her balance while the vehicle is in motion;
a person who travels or likes to travel on local public transport, especially a bus or train,
Though he can afford a taxi ride to his office or buy a car for himself, Uncle Tom prefers to travel on local buses and thus has won the title ‘straphanger’.
It’s a common site to see a number of straphangers on buses and trains in the cities, especially during rush hours as the seats fill up and many commuters are forced to reach their destinations on time taking the ride standing.
Some politicians play the role of straphangers to publicise that they are as common as their voters, although being aware of the fact that it costs the commoners more when their ‘common friends’ travel on public transport as more number of police officers in plain clothes and secret agents travel along with them and several secret service vehicles follow the buses they are on for security reasons!