to hail a cab
taxicab ax"i*cab, n. an automobile with a professional driver which can be hired to carry passengers; -- also called a {taxi}, and informally called a {cab} or a {hack}. The driver of a taxicab is referred to as a {cab driver} or {cabbie}, and sometimes as a {chauffeur} or {hackie}.

Note: Taxicabs may be engaged by a prior appointment made, e.g. by telephone, or they may cruise for passengers, i.e. they may drive in city streets and stop to pick up pasengers when they are signalled by a prospective passenger. The act of signalling a taxicab (usually by a wave of the arm) is often called

{to hail a cab} or

{to flag down a cab}. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hail a cab — wave your hand to stop a cab, flag a cab    We missed the bus, so we hailed a cab …   English idioms

  • to flag down a cab — taxicab ax i*cab, n. an automobile with a professional driver which can be hired to carry passengers; also called a {taxi}, and informally called a {cab} or a {hack}. The driver of a taxicab is referred to as a {cab driver} or {cabbie}, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flag a cab — wave at a cab driver to come, hail a cab    The bus was late, so we flagged a taxi that was going by …   English idioms

  • cab — [kæb] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: cabriolet] 1.) a taxi ▪ New York s yellow cabs take/get a cab ▪ I took a cab to the airport. call (sb) a cab (=telephone for a taxi) ▪ Ralph tried to hail a cab (=wave to get a cab to stop for you) . 2.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cab — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ taxi ▪ hackney (BrE), hansom ▪ horse drawn (BrE) VERB + CAB ▪ go by, take …   Collocations dictionary

  • hail — hail1 hailer, n. /hayl/, v.t. 1. to cheer, salute, or greet; welcome. 2. to acclaim; approve enthusiastically: The crowds hailed the conquerors. They hailed the recent advances in medicine. 3. to call out to in order to stop, attract attention,… …   Universalium

  • hail — I [[t]heɪl[/t]] v. t. 1) to cheer, salute, or greet; welcome 2) to acclaim; approve enthusiastically 3) to call out to, as in order to stop or to attract the attention of: to hail a cab[/ex] 4) phv hail from, to have as one s place of birth or… …   From formal English to slang

  • cab — taxicab ax i*cab, n. an automobile with a professional driver which can be hired to carry passengers; also called a {taxi}, and informally called a {cab} or a {hack}. The driver of a taxicab is referred to as a {cab driver} or {cabbie}, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hail — hail1 [heıl] n [: Old English; Origin: hagal, hAgl] 1.) [U] frozen rain drops which fall as hard balls of ice ▪ heavy showers of rain and hail 2.) a hail of bullets/stones etc a large number of bullets, stones etc that are thrown or fired at… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cab — n. 1) to call for; get; hail; hire; take a cab 2) to drive a cab (for a living) 3) a radio cab 4) by cab; in a cab (to go somewhere by cab) * * * [kæb] get hail hire take a cab in a cab …   Combinatory dictionary

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