hail a cab

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hail a cab

To cause a taxi driver to stop and give one a ride. (To do so, one stands near the curb facing oncoming traffic and raises one's arm as a taxi approaches.) It's so crowded here that I'm having a hard time hailing a cab. I hailed a cab so I wouldn't have to lug this stuff all the way home.
See also: hail

hail a cab

 and hail a taxi
to signal to a taxi that you want to be picked up. See if you can hail a cab. I don't want to walk home in the rain.
See also: hail
References in classic literature ?
It was his first impulse to drop into the bottom of the cab; his next, to cover his face with his hands.
And now, in that frosty, ill-smelling, straw- carpeted, and ragged-cushioned cab, with his breath congealing on the glasses, where else was John himself advancing to?
Once at the end of this ridiculous cruise, once at the Lodge door, there would be nothing for it but to turn the cab and trundle back again.
And for a time the walls of St Stephen's, with its towers and pinnacles, contemplated in immobility and silence a cab that jingled.
Run after a cab!" Her mother, frightened and helpless in the depths of the conveyance, entreated: "Oh, don't let him, Winnie.
He spoke to his love and won her there while the cab was hemmed in.
I got the express wagons and cabs mostly for $5; but the trucks and two-horse teams mostly raised me to $10.
Go again; and don't come back until you have found a cab.
[Her daughter repudiates her with an angry shrug and retires haughtily.] We should be so grateful to you, sir, if you found us a cab. [The note taker produces a whistle].
Not a soul did I meet all the way down, though a cab or two went past me.
"You didn't happen to see or hear a cab after that?"
He left the servant to help her into the cab. The man respectfully addressed him as he took his seat opposite to Grace.
"I will write and make my apologies." The cab drove off.
For a moment they kept perfectly still in that cab rolling on at a steady jog-trot through a narrow city street full of bustle.
I understand that he did collapse to a certain extent in his corner of the cab. The unexpected had crumpled him up.