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, noun, verb, bagged, bagging.
noun 1a. a container made of paper, cloth, plastic, or leather, that can be pulled together to close at the top.
Ex. a flour bag. Fresh vegetables are sometimes sold in plastic bags.
b. the amount that a bag holds; bagful.
Ex. Mother bought a bag of beans.
2. something like a bag in its use or shape.
Ex. Mother calls her purse her bag. Father has a new overnight bag.
3a. a pouch or sack for game.
b. the game or fish killed or caught at one time by a hunter or fisherman.
4. a base in baseball.
5. (U.S. Slang.)
a. something suited to one's taste or interest.
Ex. At one point they were trying to categorize me as a racial satirist, but that's not my bag. Let's say I deal in universal human foibles (New York Times).
b. a matter or problem.
Ex. Malcolm's whole trouble was that he got caught up in that religious bag (New Yorker).
6a. a sac in an animal's body.
Ex. the honey bag of a bee.
b. an udder.
7. (Slang.) a woman, especially an ugly or old woman (used in an unfriendly or offensive way).
8. the envelope containing the gas of a balloon or dirigible.
9. (U.S. Slang.)
a. an envelope containing a small portion of a narcotic, especially heroin.
b. the portion itself.
v.t. 1. to cause to swell or bulge.
Ex. Loss of sleep bagged his eyes and stooped his shoulders.
2. to put into a bag or bags.
Ex. We bagged the cookies in dozens to sell them.
3. to kill, trap, or catch in hunting.
Ex. The hunter bagged many ducks.
a. to gain; win.
Ex. The new Premier's ... coalition had bagged 174 of 300 parliamentary seats (Time).
b. to catch, take, or steal.
Ex. I bagged the pencil which was lying about.
5. (British Slang.) to claim first.
Ex. Bags I first ride on the bike!
v.i. 1. to hang loosely.
Ex. The boy's pants bag at the knees.
2. to bulge; swell.
expr. bag and baggage, with all one's belongings; entirely.
Ex. Farmers and their families were ordered from their homes and moved eastward, bag and baggage (Time).
expr. bags, (Informal.)
a. (British.) trousers.
b. plenty; more than enough.
Ex. bags of room, bags of time.
expr. hold the bag, (U.S. Informal.)
a. to take the blame or responsibility for something, unwillingly.
Ex. There can be no doubt that dealers are nervous about being left holding the bag, in this instance a bag full of new automobiles (New York Times).
b. to be empty-handed.
Ex. Acquiring a complex of eighteen solvent insurance companies, ... he systematically drained [them] of assets ... leaving fifty-three thousand policyholders and scores of creditors holding the bag (New Yorker).
expr. in the bag, (Informal.) certain of success; sure.
Ex. My greatest anxiety now is lest our own supporters should conclude that the election is 'in the bag' (London Times).
...and of course funbags