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Coaches were originally large, usually closed, four-wheeled carriages with two or more horses harnessed as a team, controlled by a coachman and/or one or more postilions. A coach had doors in the sides, with generally a front and a back seat inside and, for the driver, a small, usually elevated seat in front called a box, box seat or coach box.


Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 462.
  • Ne sait on pas où viennent ces gondoles Parisiennes?
    • Does anyone know where these gondolas of Paris came from?
    • Honore de Balzac, Physiologie du Mariage (1827). N. Q. S. 5, IV. 499. V. 195.
  • Go, call a coach, and let a coach be called;
    And let the man who calleth be the caller;
    And in the calling, let him nothing call,
    But coach! coach! coach! O for a coach, ye gods!
    • Henry Carey, Chrononhotonthologos, Act II, scene 4, line 46.
  • The gondola of London [a hansom].
    • Benjamin Disraeli, Lothair, Chapter XXVII. H. Schutz Wilson in Three Paths, claims to have originated the phrase (1759).
  • "There beauty half her glory veils,
    In cabs, those gondolas on wheels."
    • Said to be taken from May Fair, a satire publication (1827).

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