Definition of panhandle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpanhand(ə)l/
North American


[often in place names]
A narrow strip of territory projecting from the main territory of one state into another: the Oklahoma Panhandle
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  • From the Malaspina Glacier west of Yakutat Bay, the Tongass sweeps south 500 miles over most of Alaska's southeastern panhandle and the Alexander Archipelago.
  • My main concern is that because the panhandle is so thin, there is very little in the way of a buffer zone separating Washington from Montana.
  • ‘In north Florida and the panhandle, we had Tropical Storm Allison come through and drop nearly 12 inches of rain in the Tallahassee area,’ he said.


[no object] informal
1Beg in the street: she went back to the streets to panhandle for money
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  • The bylaw also prohibited a person from panhandling towards motorists who were parked or stopped at a traffic light, and from panhandling on a street between sunset and sunrise.
  • And to show their gratitude, his family takes off with no forwarding address, leaving Jong-du to roam the streets panhandling for tofu.
  • Most often, this implies a life on city streets begging, panhandling, petty theft, and using charity and soup kitchens close to the drug source.
1.1 [with object] Beg for something from (someone) in the street: a bum panhandled him for a cup of coffee
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  • In another, a 24 year old received $546-worth of tickets in three months for panhandling motorists.
  • An overture to a homeless guy ended when the homeless guy - in a reversal of the usual voter-politician interaction - panhandled the candidate.
  • I used to walk down Broadway with my camera, and everyone who panhandled me, I'd ask them to pose for a picture first.



Pronunciation: /ˈpanhandlə/
Example sentences
  • ‘Without the aggressive panhandlers, drunk street people or drug use in our washrooms, our members are free to think about improving a menu, renovating a store or putting up new decorations,’ he says.
  • Beggars, panhandlers and hustlers are more persistent and ingenious here than anywhere in India.
  • The meters were installed in response to complaints from local merchants that were losing business because some panhandlers were becoming aggressive and belligerent, refusing to move from doorways and harassing shoppers.

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