Farebeater - definition of farebeater by The Free Dictionary
fare·beat·er or fare beater (fâr′bē′tər)
n. Chiefly New York City
One who avoids paying the fare for public transportation, especially the subway.
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A quarter of a million passengers a day were "farebeaters
," going over, under, and around turnstiles.
But it can also be used to describe more favorable trends--for example, the point at which a few, seemingly symbolic policing policies in New York City (such as a crackdown on subway farebeaters
) triggered a massive decline in murders and other violent crimes.