Part of speech: noun

a horse kept for hire

Part of speech: noun

A hackney coach.

Part of speech: verb

To use up; make stale by repetition.

Part of speech: adjective

Let out for hire; common.

Part of speech: noun

One of a valued breed of horses.

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Usage examples "hackney":

  1. Speechless with indignation, Mr. Pickwick allowed himself to be led by his solicitor and friends to the door, and there assisted into a hackney- coach, which had been fetched for the purpose, by the ever watchful Sam Weller. - "Bardell v. Pickwick", Percy Fitzgerald.
  2. A waiter showed me into the coffee- room, and a chambermaid introduced me to my small bedchamber, which smelt like a hackney coach and was shut up like a family vault. - "The Inns and Taverns of "Pickwick" With Some Observations on their Other Associations", B.W. Matz.
  3. At the door of the house stood a hackney coach with two horses, of the kind known as a Compagnie Generale, from the Company that runs them. - "Cousin Betty", Honore de Balzac.