Meaning of “hackney carriage” in the English Dictionary

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"hackney carriage" in British English

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hackney carriagenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌhæ ˈkær.ɪdʒ/ us /ˌhæ ˈker.ɪdʒ/

UK formal also hackney cab a taxi

UK a carriage, usually pulled by a horse, that can be rented with a driver for making short journeys, used especially in the past

(Definition of “hackney carriage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)