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Common carrier   /kˈɑmən kˈæriər/   Listen
Common carrier

A person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages.  Synonym: carrier.

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"Common carrier" Quotes from Famous Books

... and the water-weeds and the waterbugs all being carried across with it, too—this, I confess, has always seemed to me engagingly marvellous. And I like, too, to think that the canal, whose daily business is to be a "common carrier" of others, thus occasionally tastes the luxury of being carried itself; as sometimes one sees on a freight car a new buggy, or automobile, or sometimes a locomotive, being luxuriously ridden along—as though out for a ...
— Vanishing Roads and Other Essays • Richard Le Gallienne

... these visionaries are occupied with electricity. They intend to make the lightning a domestic slave in every house, and to turn Ariel into a common carrier. But, from the aspect of Winter's den in Paterson's Rents, it was easy to read that his heart was set on a more ancient foible. The white deal book-shelves, home-made, which lined every wall, were packed with tattered books on mechanics, and ...
— The Mark Of Cain • Andrew Lang

... illuminati, so widely adopted that these denominations now stand in considerable danger of being weakened in significance through a too careless use. The adjective "bromidic" is at present adopted as a general vehicle, a common carrier for the thoughtless damnation of the Philistine. The time has come to formulate, authoritatively, the precise scope of intellect which such distinctions suggest and to define the shorthand of conversation ...
— Are You A Bromide? • Gelett Burgess

... and another, the logs are driven along until caught by a boom, Fig. 21, which consists of a chain of logs stretched across the river, usually at a mill. Since the river is a common carrier, the drives of a number of logging companies may float into the mill pond together. But each log is stamped on both ends, so that it can be sorted out, Fig. 22, and sent into ...
— Handwork in Wood • William Noyes

... particular person, corporation, or locality an unreasonable advantage over others. Granting of passes was prohibited to other than railroad employees, and granting of rebates was forbidden. 4. By the "long or short haul" clause it was made unlawful for a common carrier to charge more for the transportation of passengers, or the same kind of freight, over a shorter than a longer distance; provided the transportation was under substantially similar circumstances and conditions over the same line and in the same ...
— History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6) • E. Benjamin Andrews

Words linked to "Common carrier" :   business organisation, business, business concern, line, concern, business organization

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