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Definition of coach noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    coach

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//kəʊtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//koʊtʃ//
     
    Trains, Types of vehicle
     
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  1. 1  [countable] a person who trains a person or team in sport a basketball/football/tennis, etc. coach Italy’s national coach
  2. 2[countable] (British English) a person who gives private lessons to somebody, often to prepare them for an exam a maths coach
  3. 3[countable] = life coach
  4. 4   [countable] a comfortable bus for carrying passengers over long distances They went to Italy on a coach tour. Travel is by coach overnight to Berlin. a coach station (= where coaches start and end their journey) a coach party (= a group of people travelling together on a coach) See related entries: Types of vehicle
  5. 5   [countable] (British English) = carriage a railway coach See related entries: Trains
  6. 6 [countable] a large closed vehicle with four wheels, pulled by horses, used in the past for carrying passengers see also stagecoach
  7. 7[uncountable] (North American English) the cheapest seats in a plane to fly coach coach fares/passengers/seats
  8. Word Originnoun senses 3 to 7 mid 16th cent. (in sense (6)): from French coche, from Hungarian kocsi (szekér) ‘(wagon) from Kocs’, a town in Hungary. noun senses 1 to 3 early 18th cent. (as a verb): figuratively from coach referring to a vehicle.Extra examples They are planning to tour the United States by coach. This is the old coach road. a gateway wide enough for a coach and four to drive through a top basketball coach Coach Bob Shapiro Our seats are in Coach D. See you tomorrow, Coach. The Giants coach had this to say last night:… The national athletics coach was interviewed after the event. They travelled by coach from London to Berlin. They went to Italy on a coach tour. When the train finally came into the platform it only had two coaches. Who’s the team coach? a football/​basketball/​tennis coachIdioms
    drive a coach and horses through something
     
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    to spoil something, for example a plan
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