- 1A container made of flexible material with an opening at the top, used for carrying things: brown paper bags a shopping bagMore example sentences
- The youngster that was killed, was alleged to have been carrying a black bag containing two bags of banana chips and a bottle of spring water.
- One of them reached out and tried to grab a shopping bag containing a purse from her basket but was prevented by an elasticated strap with hooks, which was designed to hold it down.
- Pictured close by was a woman carrying a shopping bag… Liz herself.
- 1.1An amount held by a bag: a bag of applesMore example sentences
- They just wanted me to donate, monthly, the equivalent amount to half a bag of tea-bags.
- There were 3 possible destinations: over her trainers, into her popcorn container or into my bag of chocolate brazils.
- He said one method used to gauge a child's awareness of drug abuse is to ask them to draw the contents of ‘a bag of drugs’ found in the street.
- 1.2A woman’s handbag or purse.More example sentences
- Like any well-organized woman, Kim has her purses divided into day bags and evening bags.
- In her new spring collection, which ranged from large tote bags to delicately embroidered evening bags, there was something for every occasion.
- You know, I've never counted, but I might have a hundred and fifty bags / handbags in my wardrobe.
- 1.3A piece of luggage: she began to unpack her bagsMore example sentences
- She turned around, picked up her bag, the only piece of luggage she had.
- How about buying a piece of luggage that consolidates your bags into a single carry-on that complies with all the rules and your needs?
- When I pull my luggage (a bag and a laptop) on to the taxi, the driver asked where I were going.
- 1.4 Baseball A base.More example sentences
- He takes a few steps past the bag and the right fielder throws the ball to the shortstop at the bag.
- Because of his proximity to the base, the first baseman will tag the bag first before throwing to second.
- The moment Ugeto reached second base safely and left the bag, he was open game to be put out.
- 1.5 (bags) • informal , chiefly British Plenty of something: I had bags of energyMore example sentences
- Only a single score down and bags of attrition time still left to play.
- There is bags of power from way down the rev range and loads of poke in the middle where it is needed for safe overtaking.
- I imagined that at the end I'd have bags of information, anecdotes and observations.
- 2The amount of game shot by a hunter.More example sentences
- Looking at photos of other teal hunters' bags, most seem to hold a high percentage of adult male bluewings.
- It's fairly unlikely that the council will recommend further cuts in the scaup bag limit for the coming season.
- The federal framework also modified the daily bag limit for the four-day season in the SWDA.
- 3 (usually bags) A loose fold of skin under a person’s eye: the bags under his eyes gave him a sad appearanceMore example sentences
- He looked tired and worn out, with pale skin and purple bags under his eyes.
- She was aware of her pasty skin, of the bags under her eyes, and of the drawn look on her face without his comments.
- Mercia was watching her parent's faces; sallow skin, dark bags under their lifeless eyes.
- 4 • informal • derogatory A woman, especially an older one, perceived as unpleasant, bad-tempered, or unattractive: an interfering old bagMore example sentences
- Perhaps it makes me seem like an old bag, but it does feel intimidating to face a gang of people, of whatever age, with intimidating body language.
- On the news this morning, the old bag was saying that the visitor figures for the fountain had far exceeded their predictions.
- He loathed the old bag more than Liz ever did, despite sharing the same political views.
- 5 (one's bag) • informal One’s particular interest or taste: if religion and politics are your bag, you’ll find something to interest you hereMore example sentences
interest, preoccupation, concern• informal thing
- Not that there's anything wrong with that - but not my bag.
- I tried a course in b/w photography, but realised it was not my bag either.
- Ostensibly, a Chinwag meeting about PR Online is simply not my bag, but an interface appears to be forming (think Star Trek) between PR and Blogging.
verb (bags, bagging, bagged)[with object] Back to top
- 1Put (something) in a bag: customers bagged their own groceries we bagged up the applesMore example sentences
- Under protocols to protect against asbestos contamination, fire personnel and equipment had to be hosed down, while their kit was bagged up and sent for specialist cleaning.
- So, the computer's got to be moved onto a small coffee table temporarily, and my clothes are either bagged up or hung in various locations at random!
- After that, they were bagged up for shipping and stored in the freezer until a truck came to get them.
- 2(Of a hunter) succeed in killing or catching an animal: in 1979, handgun hunters bagged 677 deerMore example sentences
- The free event is open to hunters bagging white-tailed deer, mule deer, or antelope in Texas during the past year.
- Wealthy Britons pay tens of thousands to bag a lion, elephant or polar bear in trophy hunts that recreate images of a bygone colonial era
- She bagged a deer on her very first shoot, but found it more difficult when asked to go stalking alone.
- 2.1Succeed in securing (something): we’ve bagged three awards for excellenceMore example sentences
- From RAMP shows and TV compering to bagging the best actress award in the small screen category for 2001, Jyothirmayee has come a long way.
- Samyuktha Varma bagged the best actress award for her role in another film exploring post-marital affairs, ‘Megha Malhar’.
- In the South Lakeland District Council award section, Sedbergh bagged the towns and villages trophy while Rydal Mount, Rydal, took the tourism trophy.
- 3 [no object] (Of clothes, especially pants) hang loosely or lose shape: these trousers never bag at the kneeMore example sentences
- The cloak he wore bagged over his body, making his frail stature appear sturdier.
- Her jeans, partially soaked from splashing onto the street, now seemed almost like they were made for her, because as she moved they moved too, not bagging at the knees.
- I feel there is nothing wrong with bagging pants as long as your actual underwear and behind is not showing.
- 4North American • informal Quit; give up on: it was a drag to be in the ninth grade at 17, so he bagged itMore example sentences
- Let's bag it before this gets ugly.
- About twenty years ago, the Connection Machine was supposed to be the big new paradigm, but before long they bagged it.
- We spent about an hour there, snapping Zoe action photos and playing, but it was a little too windy and nippy for us, so we bagged it and headed home.
- 5North American • informal Fit (a patient) with an oxygen mask or other respiratory aid.More example sentences
- They also maintained airway management and continued to bag him.
- In the ambulance, the EMTs took the decedent's vital signs, continued to bag him with high-flow oxygen, monitored his heart, and gave him CPR.
- Bag him at a rate of 30. Check for breath sounds bilaterally.
bag and baggage
- With all one’s belongings: he threw her out bag and baggageMore example sentences
- The next day, I was singled out as an ‘S’ passenger at the airport; I presume the S stood for ‘suspect’, since I was searched head-to-toe, bag and baggage, almost misplacing my Christmas present.
- Ms Hughes added: ‘After getting the council's letter last week I told them I had no choice but to move bag and baggage and that I was moving into private rented accommodation.’
- The council estate consists of 10 single-story units where a number of families and elderly citizens moved in, bag and baggage, at the official opening of the estate on Monday, February 9.
a bag of bones
- An emaciated person or animal: the pony is just a bag of bonesMore example sentences
- She was so pretty and he was just a bag of bones that forgot to stop walking about.
- While confined to a wheelchair just a few months ago and "just a bag of bones," Adams has gained 25 lb.
- A dog owner told a court how his pet was 'just a bag of bones' when he went to collect him from boarding kennels.
a bag (or whole bag) of tricks
- • informal A set of ingenious plans, techniques, or resources: hoteliers are using a whole new bag of tricks to keep their guests on the premisesMore example sentences
- Everyone here is very professional, very focused and has many resources in their bag of tricks.
- The whole bag of tricks of the average business man, or even of the average professional man, is inordinately childish.
- On the other hand, he's frustratingly comfortable recycling from his old kit bag of tricks.
be left holding the bag
- see hold1.
in the bag • informal
- 1(Of something desirable) as good as secured: the election is in the bagMore example sentences
- The president, in other words, probably had the 2004 election in the bag all along.
- It's as though he just wishes it would go away until the next election is in the bag.
- With the election in the bag, he may then be forced to rethink the need for tax rises.
- 2North American Drunk: I don’t think my parents even suspected that I was half in the bagMore example sentences
- Because turbulence when you're half in the bag is just as bad as turbulence when you're sober.
- No, I think that when Im that far in the bag some deeper, primeval urge takes over and I am compelled to do inappropriate things.
- The same student admitted Sweeney seemed a bit in the bag.
- North American • informal Criticize: I don’t know why everyone is bagging on PalmerMore example sentences
- I don't know why people are still bagging on her.
- There's no need to bag on someone for not agreeing with you.
- We all love original horror films and a lot of us love to bag on studios and their horror remakes, gimmicks and 3D trickery.
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- Yes, she's got a lot of attention from fans, and finds it difficult to reply to all the letters that pour in throughout the week… literally in bagfuls.
- She goes home nearly every Saturday and comes back Monday mornings, carrying bagfuls of sweet bread, pickled meats and fresh fruit.
- He gave an exemplary performance yet again and had this been the Oscars he'd have walked away with bagfuls of awards and lucrative contracts.
Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/noun (plural bagfuls)
Middle English: perhaps from Old Norse baggi.