- Let out for hire.
- To make banal or common by frequent use.
- To hire out.
[Probably after Hackney in East London, where such horses were raised.
The word hack, in related senses, is a short form of hackney.]
- A breed of horses developed in England, having a high-stepping gait.
- A horse suitable for routine riding or driving.
- A carriage or coach for hire.
"Is this 80-minute underwater romp, studded with celebrity voice roles,
Pixar's somewhat hackneyed answer to Dreamworks' Finding Nemo? You
Look & Listen; Prague Tribune (Czech Republic); Mar 3, 2005.
"The move was pioneered by safety chiefs from the Shrewsbury Shop and Pub
Watch scheme, with cameras also being installed in two hackney carriages
in the town."
Taxi Drivers Feel Safer As Cars Get CCTV; The Shropshire Star (UK);
Mar 2, 2005.
See more usage examples of hackney in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and
so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open
for us. -Alexander Graham Bell, inventor (1847-1922)
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