Meaning of bag in English:


Pronunciation /baɡ/

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  • 1A flexible container with an opening at the top, used for carrying things.

    ‘he arrived at the children's ward carrying a bag full of toys for the young patients’
    • ‘I was carrying a shopping bag from a high street clothes shop.’
    • ‘He was carrying two bags containing a total of £40,000.’
    • ‘A neighbour said he had reported one of the detained men after seeing him carrying a bag containing letters.’
    • ‘The women going about their shopping all carried baskets or shopping bags, not a plastic carrier in sight.’
    • ‘Together they carry their shopping bags to the wide, red front door and slip inside their house without exchanging a word, or even a glance.’
    • ‘On her way to breakfast, she grabbed her gym bag.’
    • ‘I ran to the truck and grabbed my bag.’
    • ‘Pupils lined up outsides schools clutching brand new bags eager to return to class.’
    • ‘In his old school he had to carry his bag with him everywhere.’
    • ‘I walk lazily to the kitchen and start emptying the bags.’
    • ‘Eve smiled and sat down at the foot of the bed watching her daughter open the brown bag.’
    • ‘The only reason I was complaining was because my bag was so heavy.’
    • ‘He quickly noticed the bags filled with orchids, which had been plucked from his park by the lanky guy now standing near a flatbed truck.’
    • ‘Re-using bags over and over certainly makes better economic and environmental sense than just dumping them after one use.’
    • ‘You don't have to lug a bag of useful stuff around everywhere you go.’
    • ‘All of the bags can be folded and stuffed inside the largest bag.’
    • ‘What book should you throw into your beach bag?’
    • ‘People would come in and drop off bags of clothes by the carload, many of the items still with the tags on them.’
    • ‘He was standing next to me with a bag at his feet and he kept dipping into this bag and fiddling about with something.’
    • ‘They turn up with bags full of beer.’
    receptacle, container
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    1. 1.1The amount contained in a bag.
      ‘a bag of sugar’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In my day, we had to be content with a bag of Tayto Crisps and a bottle of Cidona…’
      • ‘But he was never very good at putting things back together so that one of his friends bet another a bag of sweets that Stephen would never amount to anything.’
      • ‘Still, there was a large bag of unknown contents hoisted in by a footman.’
      • ‘I get there and I buy a bag of chips and a pop with the little amount of money that I have left.’
      • ‘By the TV, a full bag of recyclables had fallen over, spilling its contents onto the otherwise clean floor.’
      • ‘Unstacking some containers in the corner, she pulled out a bag of rice.’
      • ‘Tina smiles at her stepson, Cary, who is eating an entire bag of Ruffles and a container of French onion dip.’
      • ‘The blonde was hovering over a bag of feed and a green five gallon bucket.’
      • ‘His winces and stammers come from the one bag of acting tricks, marked ‘flopsweat.’’
      • ‘The routes are remote and just arduous enough to appreciate the stops when Pedro the muleteer will pull down a freezer bag of home-made lemonade and a bottle of fino.’
      • ‘I am readmitted to the hospital and intravenously plugged into a bag of Dilaudid - hospital heroin.’
      • ‘She brings it to a tall table, where Rachel's cousin Luis sits stone-faced with a bag of microwaved popcorn.’
      • ‘The armed robbers, one of them wearing a balaclava, demanded the publican hand over a large bag of cash as he was about to step into his silver Mercedes.’
      • ‘And then Santa arrived with his bag of Christmas gifts for everyone, courtesy of the Abbeyleix Goose Club draw.’
      • ‘The two fled, leaving the bag of cash and a sawn-off shotgun.’
      • ‘Visitors to the show will receive a lace bag of wedding favours, five sugared almonds which traditionally convey blessing, with a Bible text inside.’
      • ‘Weighing just 1lb 14 oz, Caitlan is lighter than a bag of sugar, but she has shown a will to live that far outweighs her size.’
    2. 1.2A woman's handbag.
      ‘a velvet evening bag’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The clips are being brought in to stop people having their bags or handbags snatched on a night out in Greenwich's bars and pubs.’
      • ‘A woman sitting on a bench at Horseshoe Corner at 10.45 on Sunday evening had her bag snatched by a man who ran off towards the city centre.’
      • ‘Let me just get my speech out of my evening bag and say thank you to everyone who has stopped by over the past year.’
      • ‘From tiny rucksacks through sequinned glamour bags to big mummy handbags, it's very rare to see a woman without one.’
      • ‘Kirby pulled a pen and correction fluid from her handbag before storing the bag at the back of the room on a peg.’
      • ‘They're accosted by Joan Rivers who demands to know which designer made their gown, their jewels, their evening bag.’
      • ‘Rummaging in her evening bag, she withdrew a crumpled pack of cigarettes and a wilted book of matches.’
      • ‘She tells him that it is in her evening bag, which was thrown into the bushes.’
      • ‘Richard was identified by a woman as the black who snatched her bag late one evening.’
      • ‘Mrs Danswan, of Croft Road, Old Town, specialises in making elegant evening bags.’
      • ‘Grabbing her evening bag, she slipped in her coat and left for the airport.’
      • ‘You can have your own photograph of your dog printed onto a handbag, so your bag, like your dog, will be truly one of a kind.’
      • ‘Designer Kate Spade has achieved handbag hegemony and her boxy yet fresh bags swing from the shoulder of every New Yorker worth her manicure.’
      • ‘Such women are likely to be in handbag heaven this spring, as bags are at the forefront of the craze for accessories.’
      • ‘But it's not only the contents of a woman's handbag which tells us about her - the actual bag can speak volumes too.’
      • ‘She found it in her bag that evening, and had slipped it into her pocket.’
      • ‘Usually they are made at the handbag factory from the same materials the bags are made from.’
      handbag, shoulder bag, clutch bag, evening bag, pochette
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    3. 1.3A piece of luggage.
      ‘she began to unpack her bags’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The terminal was evacuated while a suspect bag at left luggage was investigated.’
      • ‘You can spend hundreds of pounds on luggage or bungee an overnight bag to the luggage rack.’
      • ‘Standing up quickly, Carrie went to her closet and took out her luggage bag.’
      • ‘Early last season he was lifting a luggage bag from a hotel lift when he twinged something.’
      • ‘Checking into Hotel Residence ‘Le Rose’, his only luggage was a small bag.’
      • ‘I just entered with my luggage, just a bag and I was put in the last room.’
      • ‘The bag was discovered among luggage from the commuter trains lost after the attacks.’
      • ‘He put his bag in a luggage rack and as more passengers got on the train he was pushed further away from it.’
      • ‘Steve put the suit back into a luggage bag, put the combination lock onto it, then put it back under his desk.’
      • ‘It didn't make me unpack my bags and cancel my flight, but it was quite an omen.’
      • ‘I got changed and started re-packing my stuff from my bag into a suitcase.’
      • ‘Mr Manly said a forced door leading from the check-in area could have allowed someone to plant a bag with a Pan Am luggage label where bags were loaded on to planes.’
      • ‘I arrived home, my arms weighed down with bags, my luggage.’
      • ‘The woman ushered Halle into the small 2-room apartment, and grabbed one of Halle's black luggage bags.’
      • ‘I came to find Kwang-Su Oppa, and by chance I met him at the airport this afternoon when I was getting my bags from the luggage claim.’
      • ‘After she unpacked her bags and organized her belongings, Wendy decided to put her shower on hold and stroll around the ship.’
      • ‘By the time her husband returned home that Sunday evening, his bags were packed and set out in the living room, and a hotel reservation had been made for him.’
      suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, Gladstone bag, carpet bag
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    4. 1.4The amount of game shot by a hunter.
      ‘an estimated bag of 3,000 ducks’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bag limit had been a single whitefront for many years prior to that.’
      • ‘Also, the agency is considering proposing an increase in the deer bag limit in those counties.’
      • ‘I love duck hunting but it's hard for me to get on the water at 5 in the morning and then have my hunt over in 10 minutes because I have taken my bag limit.’
      • ‘It was very vexatious; but still three lions were not a bad bag for one gun before dinner.’
      • ‘"Twenty pounds is not a bad bag," he said. "But I just didn't realize what it was going to take. I was in 51st place."’
      • ‘An illusion of an inner street, not a bad bag for the courtyard hunter.’
      • ‘I was pleased with 24-7 because that’s not a bad bag.’
      • ‘In all of the zones where the hunting of this species is authorized, the bag limit is one moose per two hunters per year.’
      • ‘The daily bag limit can include no more than 2 white-tipped (white-fronted doves).’
      • ‘The bag limit for unlisted native fish, which previously had no limit, will now be set at 10.’
      • ‘A zero bag limit will now apply to wobbegong sharks.’
      • ‘Not a great bag, but more than enough to win this tournament tonight.’
    5. 1.5bagsLoose folds of skin under a person's eyes.
      ‘there were dark bags under her eyes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A similar incision is made along the lower lash line to remove undereye bags and skin.’
      • ‘Before she came on this trip she would have seen a stick-thin girl, with ratty blonde hair, blotchy skin and bags under her eyes.’
      • ‘She highlights slightly pimply skin, bags under eyes and flesh taut with baby fat.’
      • ‘This is the magic potion/formula that will make everything all right/my skin smoother/my bags less defined.’
      • ‘When the blood circulation is slowed, some blood will collect around the eye which leads to dark circles, eye bags and wrinkles.’
      • ‘A face has no character unless it moves, and the fleeting emotions animate the ingrained ones, the battle-damage - lines, bags, wrinkles.’
      • ‘Or use Photoshop to take out the wrinkles and bags under your eyes.’
      • ‘My eyes looked bloodshot, there were dark, heavy bags under them, and my naturally sun-kissed skin looked incredibly pale.’
      • ‘His face was wrinkled, large black bags under his eyes.’
      • ‘His hair was starting to gray around the edges, and his eyes were sunken, hidden away behind bags and wrinkles that were now forming.’
      • ‘But let's not forget that for all those wrinkles and those bags under her eyes, Maine Road is still a fabulous stadium.’
      • ‘His face was wrinkled, and the bags under his eyes did not help to make him look any younger.’
      • ‘I can only remember a glimpse of him: dark bags under his eyes, loose pant and bluish shirt.’
      • ‘Sloppy jeans, baggy top, red and sore nose, black bags under my eyes and scabby skin all courtesy of the cold virus.’
      • ‘The product was reformulated, and we don't know if today's Preparation H would be at all helpful against wrinkles or bags.’
      • ‘I ignored the bags under my eyes and the weight I was losing.’
      • ‘I was absolutely shattered, wearing a Burberry cagoule and a pair of sunglasses to hide the bags under my eyes.’
    6. 1.6bagsBritish dated Loose-fitting trousers.
      ‘a pair of flannel bags’
      • ‘Don't you lose any time about your absolutions, - washing, you know; but just jump into a pair of bags and Wellingtons; clap a top-coat on you, and button it up to the chin, and there you are, ready dressed in the twinkling of a bed-post.’
      • ‘I wear a pair of bags, a dirty sweater, and go without hat or shoes and stockings.’
    7. 1.7bags ofmainly British informal Plenty of.
      • ‘I had bags of energy’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I was 21, it was easier to put up with things when you thought you had bags of time to get where you wanted to be.’
      • ‘This is a delicious game bird, with bags of flavour and little or no fat.’
      • ‘At their best, Chilean wines are unctuously juicy and intense, with bags of exotic ripe fruit.’
      • ‘A talented young outfit who boast bags of ability and an enthusiasm to match.’
      • ‘Use a good, cheap cut like shoulder which becomes really tender the longer it cooks and has bags of flavour.’
      • ‘He had looks, he had charm, he had talent, and he had bags of money, of course.’
      • ‘They had a decent first half and a very good second half while Hearts, despite bags of effort, had an off day.’
      • ‘He showed again he is comfortable on the ball, has bags of skill and when he tackles you, you stay tackled.’
      • ‘Venus in Pisces is a further sign she has bags of acting and musical talent.’
      • ‘We have bags of potential but I am sick of that word, we need to start winning.’
      • ‘Jeremy Noseda's colt has bags of speed and scope and will not be easily denied.’
      • ‘Rossendale came up against a team not only top of the league but also a side playing with bags of confidence.’
      • ‘On the nose there are bags of ripe yeast underlined by musty hayshed flavours.’
      • ‘A clever premise, lots of clever ideas interwoven into the plot and just bags and bags of fun.’
      • ‘Perhaps someone who has just retired and has bags of energy could come on board.’
      • ‘The world is a pretty place, you have bags of energy, and you even look forward to a train ride in to work.’
      • ‘There are still bags of sunshine every day and if you can get out of the wind there's some real power in it.’
  • 2one's bag informal One's particular interest or taste.

    • ‘ask the manager about mild curries, if that's your bag’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tried out the Super Ego, and I don't know how else to say this, but it's just not my bag.’
    • ‘It’s a bit on the simpering side and just was not my bag, but it sure was quick to read.’
    • ‘But keeping an office running smoothly is not her bag.’
    • ‘She managed to take a sip and while declaring the soup "probably delicious" she admits it is still not her bag.’
    • ‘Song and dance were not her bag, but she was great and deserved a highest award for the accomplishment in this movie.’
    • ‘In other words, she didn't catch the acting bug until after realizing the nine to five work-a-day world was not her bag.’
    • ‘But it didn't take Scully long to figure out that coaching football was not his bag.’
    • ‘And Jay needs to just stop watching them if it's not his bag.’
    • ‘Farstar International is probably one of the best examples of bad Web design ever, but obviously that's not the guy's bag.’
    • ‘Cheap and cheerful is certainly not our bag at all.’
    • ‘The resort lifestyle is most certainly not our bag.’
    • ‘We could bang on about adding value, or whatever marketing thing is a hot topic at the moment, but that's not our bag.’
    hobby, pastime, leisure activity, leisure pursuit, recreation, entertainment, diversion, amusement, relaxation
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  • 3 derogatory A woman, especially an older one, perceived as unpleasant or unattractive.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once they had lost the old bag, the six calmly went down the stairs.’
    • ‘I guess I was taking too long, because the old bag came right into the room!’
    • ‘Old bag, he thought to himself as he walked into the indicated room and settled into a chair.’
    • ‘Once I heard little more than static coming from my earpiece, I decided to humor the old bag.’
    • ‘The old bag that gets terribly angry if neighbours leave their junkmail sitting on and around the letterboxes?’
    • ‘Tommie had to contain his laughter at how angry the old bag was getting.’
    • ‘It is a devastating piece, one that rises to violence, and yet director Marcus Romer rightly judges that Mag should not be a one-note, sour old bag.’
    • ‘Doubtless your sisters-in-law will think you a patronising, self-righteous old bag, but you can't have it all ways.’
    • ‘I thought my words were going to change the world but that's all gone now and I'm just a jaded old bag.’
    • ‘My good lady offered it to some old bag for £3 and she toddled off shaking her head.’
    • ‘But I sure can dream about seeing a bullet lodged it that old bag's skull.’
    • ‘I started with a right hook, and before I knew it I was nearly punching the stuffing out of that old bag.’
    • ‘I would probably refuse to go out with the man simply because of the snoopy old bag.’
    • ‘You are sounding like that old bag that's in charge of making sure I am somewhat of a lady.’
    • ‘It was the most boring two hours I'd ever spent in a theater, nothing but these wrinkled old bags in Indian hats hugging each other and crying.’
    • ‘How many times is the old bag going to play Lara Croft?’
  • 4Baseball
    A base.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘At a game last week, a hitter popped the ball up in foul territory, right by the first base bag.’
    • ‘Orta was called safe on a grounder even though the throw beat him to the bag.’
  • 5(in southern Africa) a unit of measurement, used especially of grain, equal to 70 kg (formerly 200 lb).

    ‘A bag (50-kg) of maize now sells for E 95 in the formal market however in the informal market the price ranges from E120-140 per bag.’
    • ‘The standard 50-kg bag of fertilizer costs US$20 or more.’

verbverb bags, verb bagging, verb bagged

[with object]
  • 1Put (something) in a bag.

    ‘customers bagged their own groceries’
    • ‘we bagged up the apples’
    • ‘once you've raked the leaves, bag them up right away so that they don't get wet’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was generally bagged up with everything else and sent for land-fill.’
    • ‘They were bagged up to be taken away by Trading Standards officers for investigation.’
    • ‘When they went to her wardrobes, her clothes were neatly bagged up with instructions of which charity they should go to.’
    • ‘Estrada believes she lost her diamond ring while bagging sweets for a customer.’
    • ‘When fruit or vegetables got a bit old, they would be bagged up ready to be passed on to customers.’
    • ‘The only things that go into my kitchen bin are the sometimes unavoidable plastic wrappings and, guess what, they don't have to be bagged up to throw out!’
    • ‘Leaves can be bagged up (it would help if the council supplied special bags for this) and collected later.’
    • ‘During the spring, when the money ran out, Alma got a job at the local grocery store, bagging food for women who never even looked at her face.’
    • ‘At the last count, more than £920 had been banked and there was more than £100 in loose change waiting to be bagged up.’
    • ‘Oh, and that digital frock of hers has been bagged up and sent to Oxfam.’
    • ‘Between them they had done the same with Carl's gear which had been bagged up in black plastic refuse sacks.’
    • ‘I remember going to my job afterwards bagging groceries and I wondered if the customers had any idea what I had been doing earlier.’
    • ‘These items were bagged, and carried by the plaintiff.’
    • ‘The commercial side of shipping continues to be busy, with ships arriving from Latvia carrying bagged fertiliser.’
    • ‘‘We want to let people know that we do need help, whether it's in planning the event, bagging the straw nearer the day or the range of activities such as setting off the runners,’ she said.’
    • ‘You were bagging groceries, but I don't think that's your real job (you were dressed as if you were a manager or something.)’
    • ‘Sometimes, kids overlook grocery jobs for teens simply because they think the only job available is bagging groceries.’
  • 2Succeed in killing or catching (an animal)

    ‘Mike bagged nineteen cod’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Field lessons learned Dove hunting can be a casual event, and many birds are bagged by hunters walking in the open or standing near vehicles, giving no thought to hiding.’
    • ‘We also follow Roy, from Texas, as he goes on safari to bag himself a special animal for the show.’
    • ‘Last year's statistics reveal that 1183 foreign hunters bagged over 8900 animals in the province at a cost of over R44,5 million.’
    • ‘Other than dove hunters, nobody bagged much out of this session.’
    • ‘Tom bagged a good sized deer and said how it would be a good idea for us to go back to his place for a meal.’
    • ‘It is our Ivory anniversary, so I'm off out to bag me an elephant.’
    • ‘I was nervous, but rather chuffed to have bagged such a fine specimen.’
    • ‘The goal with professional hunter Gordon Duncan of Shangaan Hunters in Zimbabwe was to bag a Cape buffalo.’
    • ‘Oooh, that's gotta hurt - you go hunting and the only member of the party who bags anything is your dog.’
    • ‘It was not unusual for a hunter to bag up to 40 geese or widgeon with one shot with this method.’
    • ‘Fishing close to the margins with meat, Dallton was bagging the odd nice carp until the intervention of a beast of 15-10 catapulted him to the top of the prize list.’
    • ‘Kerry claims to have come-this-close to bagging a 16-point buck out on the cape.’
    • ‘Baiting with corn, he bagged half a dozen carp, with fish up to 7lb, for his 25 lb 12 oz.’
    • ‘But on that one day, Graham bagged something much more significant than a wolf or a quail…’
    • ‘Are fishing seasons and bag limits keeping marine fish stocks healthy?’
    catch, capture, trap, snare, ensnare, land
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    1. 2.1Succeed in securing (something)
      ‘we've bagged three awards for excellence’
      • ‘get there early to bag a seat in the front row’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two years ago, Ganjam bagged the runners-up award at the International Gold Virtuosi 2000.’
      • ‘Veteran artiste, Sheela, has bagged the special jury award for excellence in acting.’
      • ‘Though the civic body invited short-term tenders for the work, the Land Army Corporation has bagged the contract, as its bid was the lowest, the sources said.’
      • ‘Last weekend, he collected another Scottish Cup with Celtic to add to the League title that they had already bagged a few weeks earlier.’
      • ‘Westaro started the brighter with Selsby finding his shooting form early, bagging the opening basket followed by a three pointer.’
      • ‘It can't be the true bliss of bagging a bargain on a wet weekday in early January can it?’
      • ‘There was little to choose between the sides in the early stages of the second-half, but Humphreys bagged a snap drop-goal to edge the visitors back in front.’
      • ‘He completed his impressive domestic set by bagging his first FA Cup goal for his current club Blackburn on January 31, 2000 at the ripe young age of 22 years and 103 days.’
      • ‘But, perhaps, when you're an older guy trying to bag the younger chick then that's what you need to do.’
      • ‘Any gentleman who would bag himself a Snake lady would be ill-advised to seem too available.’
      • ‘They were primarily studying the igneous rocks in the region but still managed to bag a few good fossils.’
      • ‘Earlier with Trikaya Grey and Leo Burnett, Singh has already proved his talent by being a regular winner at the Abby awards, not to mention bagging the Golden Lion at Cannes.’
      • ‘Innocent and Gopika bagged the best character actor and actress awards for their roles in Vesham.’
      • ‘Havildar Murugesan and Havildar Chinnusamy bagged the first and second places in the automatic gun shooting.’
      • ‘The 30-year-old beauty, whose character has an affair with a schoolboy in the hit popular series - admits she would be interested in bagging herself a toyboy like her racy character..’
      • ‘Tiger Woods may win more tournaments and bag the most prize money.’
      • ‘Nimbus, IMG, Rishi Narain Golf Associates and Tiger Sports Marketing evinced keen interest in bagging the right to stage the tour.’
      get, secure, obtain, acquire
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  • 3no object (of clothes, especially trousers) form loose bulges due to wear.

    ‘these trousers never bag at the knee’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm tired of being the 5'7 115lb runt in a group of much larger kids, and i'm tired of clothes bagging off of my scrawny body.’
    • ‘To see him striding along the profile of a hill on a windy day, with his clothes bagging and fluttering about him, one might have mistaken him for the genius of famine descending upon the earth.’
    • ‘The real results are the most promising: dropped two sizes, clothes bagging off, muscle definition and, best of all, people saying, “What are you doing?"’
    • ‘Even he himself could not even begin to imagine, his gangly frame, messy unsettled jet black hair gleaming, his green eyes shining, his huge elephant skin like clothes bagging off of him.’
    • ‘Instantly, he felt himself become smaller, his clothes bagging like a boy dressing up in his father's things.’
    • ‘He looked small and young with my clothes bagging off his thin frame, but his face had matured.’
    • ‘He smiled innocently, pulling his shirt up and letting his checkered pants bag low under his hips.’
    • ‘My mom and dad came out dressed in their snow gear, and Raine stumbled out with her mess of cute, layered sweaters, snow boots with her pants bagging low.’
    • ‘Premium prewashed cotton with a touch of Lycra elastane holds its shape without bagging at the knees.’
    • ‘If I am wearing pantyhose, I double check to ensure there is no laughable bagging at the ankles.’
    • ‘So what if my pants are bagging at the ankles and I have to keep pulling them up every 5 seconds.’
    • ‘Choosing the next size larger, the women will only experience sagging and bagging at the ankles after wearing them a short period of time.’
    sag, hang loosely, bulge, swell, balloon
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  • 4North American informal Fit (a patient) with an oxygen mask or other respiratory aid.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whether we tube him or not someone still has to bag him, and he seems to be doing fine with what we’re doing.’
    • ‘We then bag her for a while more, and then wean her off oxygen.’
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    (also bags, bags I)
    British informal A child's expression used to make a claim to something.

    • ‘bags his jacket’
    • ‘Sweeney used to say, in Ireland, 'Bags I that.'’
    • ‘Bags I the hot dogs (inside) rather than the bottle stall (outside).’
    • ‘Here we say, 'bags I' instead. As in: bags I the chainsaw, bags I the best seat in the house, bags I the biggest piece of cake, and bags I the last beer....doesn't mean you always get it, tho.’
    • ‘'Let's play at Slaves and Emperors', one shrills, 'Bags I the Emperor!' 'No, you're Moriarty, And bags I Holmes!'’
    • ‘Bags I the first response!’
    • ‘"Bags I the black ones!" yell the kids. "Naah, you ate all the black ones last time."’
    • ‘Bags I the one with the maddest of the mad hair, and the most dreadful of the Granny-knitted jumpers...and the broadest West Country accent.’
    • ‘Bags I the dummy, Bags I the cot, Bags I the rubber duck the other baby's got.’
    • ‘"Bags I the buns, though," he added, by a happy afterthought, and snatching the bag, pressed it on Mabel.’
    • ‘Yes, and hopefully they tear down that ridiculous park of his. Bags I the first go with the bulldozer!’
    • ‘There are lots of houses for sale. I guess which one I’ll buy, bags I the one with the red roof.’
    • ‘Nice to see you back again, Jan - bags I the teddy bear!!!’
    • ‘Nonsense, nonsense! Now we’ll play another game! Bags I the first move!’
    • ‘Bags I the left side! Now then, Dreda, I choose you first. Hereward can take Rowena. Buck up! We have got to win this time.’
  • 6North American informal Abandon or give up on.

    • ‘she ought to just bag this marriage and get on with her life’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once you lift it and start driving with the larger tires you'll wish you bagged it and saved on gas.’
  • 7mainly Australian, mainly New Zealand informal Criticize.

    • ‘the fans should be backing him not bagging him’
    • ‘Sky and Boyd are at the makeshift coffee shop, and Sky is bagging him for pulling apart his hot dog, so he can just eat the frankfurter.’
    • ‘This won't be anything about attacking individuals or bagging out colleagues or attacking other people for having different views, it'll be about ideas.’
    • ‘It's interesting to note that with one lone exception, the group hasn't had the expected posse of teenagers hurling abuse at us for bagging out this show.’
    • ‘They are not interested in watching a movie that has already been bagged by movie critics on radio stations and television.’
    • ‘McCaughey was a little in awe of Greenberg, and once at his New York apartment, he was appalled to hear an Australian artist showing off and bagging one icon after another in front of his host.’
    • ‘Aussie fund managers will need a tough hide and nerves of steel to withstand the bagging they'll be copping from News organs if this one goes down.’
    • ‘He plays league footy, while you sit behind your computer, eating popcorn, bagging out more athletic people than yourself and playing world of warcraft all day.’
    • ‘There's always people bagging teachers or lawyers or someone else.’
    • ‘The Government says many Senate committee reports have been set up with the specific purpose of "bagging the Government".’
    • ‘You and some of your correspondents are fond of colourfully bagging Andrew and that is your right.’
    • ‘Surely a politician can't go wrong bagging lawyers?’
    • ‘So they sneak around, bagging the Greens behind their backs, and saying something quite different.’
    • ‘He described him as the most honest person he has ever met, and that he has never once heard him bagging a player or a coach.’
    • ‘In January, there have been so many letters bagging the so-called ' bleeding hearts ' of this country, that I just had to have my say.’
    • ‘Melbourne people are fond of bagging big brash Sydney.’
    • ‘I would hope the member would support those programmes, rather than bagging them all the time.’
    • ‘I thought the whole idea behind po-mo was so that everyone could do their own thing and not cop a bagging.’
    • ‘I don't appreciate the bagging of other's opinions for no apparent reason.’
    • ‘They didn't spend the entire time bagging each other, and some of them actually addressed issues and pointed out policy.’
    • ‘The Poms don't need any help bagging themselves.’
    vilify, disparage, denigrate, defame, run down, impugn, revile, berate, belittle, abuse, insult, slight, attack, speak badly of, speak ill of, speak evil of, pour scorn on, criticize, censure, condemn, decry, denounce, pillory, lambast
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    a bag of bones
    • An emaciated person or animal.

      • ‘the pony is just a bag of bones’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm just a bag of bones, drifting like a large, hyper-evolved amoeba from stimulus to stimulus.’
      • ‘You got me specially tailored-made clothing, so I would not feel so depressed being just a bag of bones.’
      • ‘We've found animals wandering around the paddock, just a bag of bones, totally covered in scabs, hardly a hair on their body.’
      • ‘It's easy, almost convenient, to forget that my cadaver is a man, not just a bag of bones and skin and connective tissue glued together with embalming fluid.’
      • ‘He's a bag of bones, he's not terribly pretty, and he was labeled "fractious" on his very first day at the pound.’
      • ‘It seems like too much energy for a bag of bones /And for the lucky souls /Waters wash away the cobwebs’
      • ‘At least she's not a bag of bones and is cuter than Lohan, Barton, Bosworth, ect, ect.’
      • ‘The young cat is fatter the old cat is a bag of bones, but happy.’
      • ‘Personally I don't find bodies that are a bag of bones attractive.’
      • ‘It was just a bag of bones which could barely stand it was so weak.’
      • ‘Brooke said carrying the dog was "like carrying a bag of bones down the hill."’
      • ‘If it hadn't been for the campaign these 90 kilogram women would have been a bag of bones waiting to die.’
    a bag of tricks
    • A set of ingenious plans, techniques, or resources.

      • ‘documentary, magic realism, and surrealist techniques are all included in his bag of tricks’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But slowly things became easier for him as he developed a whole bag of tricks at making his life easier.’
      • ‘Poe may not have the capacity of Ernest, but he's crafty and I'm certain he brought his whole bag of tricks with him.’
      • ‘If you want to see the whole bag of tricks, consider the ultimate winter animal, the polar bear.’
      • ‘However, he's also opened up a whole new bag of tricks for this latest adventure.’
      • ‘By making it a ‘free for all’ society, there is no right or wrong, only an interpretation by unelected judges and lawyers with the biggest bags of tricks.’
      • ‘I've been firewooding for about ten fully educational years now, and today I learned a new one from firewood's bag of tricks that's going straight into my Firewood Tactics Analysis File.’
      • ‘Like others who have survived these battles, I eagerly await the arrival of MT 3.0 technology because it means I can integrate Typekey into my bag of tricks.’
      • ‘Realising that a win can only be achieved by taking the game to Brothers and applying the pressure relentlessly until they crack, Workers delved deep into their baseball bag of tricks.’
      • ‘And this their debut mini album - though a mixed bag of tricks - has enough melodic dexterity to cross over from hype to the actual hands of the commercial buying public.’
      • ‘She's got Kevin's sense of what's out there, however, and it's inevitable that she's going to outgrow Jerry's dime-store bag of tricks.’
      • ‘My favorite is actually one that he wrote that I rarely pull out of the bag of tricks which is called ‘Easy to be Free.’’
      • ‘The Brothers Chaps brought their bag of tricks with them; they were sitting on stage behind their laptops, with the Homestar puppet by Matt's side.’
      • ‘The mind boggles at the richness of invention in these strips, the constant surprises Herriman proves himself capable of pulling from some unfathomable bag of tricks.’
      • ‘But some Marines are now digging into their own bag of tricks, getting ready, making their own explosive charges.’
      • ‘This classic objective adds multipitch rock climbing and a thrilling 150-foot rappel to your bag of tricks.’
      • ‘It means that pretending is no longer in our bag of tricks.’
      • ‘Oh yes, he was thinking, I have a bag of tricks right here.’
    bag and baggage
    • With all one's belongings.

      ‘he threw her out bag and baggage’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The next move landed us only at Jammu without bag and baggage and reeling under the tremendous agony, desperation and exasperation, thinking what is in our fate.’
      • ‘I was on a three-week vacation and it turned me into shifting bag and baggage to India.’
      • ‘Nobody is packing up bag and baggage and leaving.’
      • ‘Having no other alternative place to go to, they moved bag and baggage to the City Railway Station triggering off utter chaos and confusion there.’
      • ‘I happen to believe that she was right to refuse to compromise with Galtieri and to insist that the Argentinians had to leave the Falklands, bag and baggage.’
      • ‘The Kollywood fraternity has packed bag and baggage for a hectic week abroad, doing what they do best - entertaining.’
      • ‘At Wagah, every passenger has to once again disembark with bag and baggage for the Pakistani round of immigration checks.’
      • ‘She packs bag and baggage and leaves with a vague address for a relative in the big city (Delhi).’
      • ‘Town proprietor John Nininger ‘was sued for one of his debts $1200, and he ran off bag and baggage in a hurry leaving a number of unpaid debts behind him.’’
      • ‘In the end he went bag and baggage over to Lachmann's camp.’
      • ‘They found it expedient, therefore, to fall back upon the old bag and baggage argument about the Ottoman Empire “being foreign to Western civilization.”’
      • ‘They could be moved bag and baggage to some isolated northern wilderness.’
      • ‘Before a year had passed the regiment was ordered to be re-established, and our household decamped with bag and baggage for Dublin.’
      • ‘Finally they packed up bag and baggage and moved to Coyote, some miles west along Coyote Creek.’
      • ‘The man issued his proclamation declaring Chinatown to be a “nuisance,” and requiring its inhabitants to get out with their bag and baggage within thirty days.’
      • ‘The offer of the Waco church was accepted and in 1896, students and faculty moved bag and baggage to Waco.’
      • ‘The town of Ellis moved bag and baggage to Tracy including moving two hotels.’
    in the bag
    • 1(of something desirable) as good as secured.

      • ‘the election is in the bag’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He thought he had their political support and their votes, and therefore the election, in the bag.’
      • ‘This is the arrogance of a government who thinks they've got the election in the bag.’
      • ‘The League Cup is in the bag and the title was secured amid the most emotional of scenes last week at Parkhead that will live long in the memory of those who took part.’
      • ‘But at Gladstone Primary, they're just as confident they've got the trophy in the bag.’
      • ‘This time, with their event in the bag, they can stand aloof.’
      • ‘China steps on to the pitch at the World Cup finals this year with one victory already in the bag.’
      • ‘Typical Wexford, we should have had it in the bag, but we let it slip.’
      • ‘Croydon Athletic must have thought the points were in the bag when they took the lead on eight minutes against lowly Horsham on Saturday.’
      • ‘That said, if Lance repeats yesterday's performance, he's got it in the bag.’
      • ‘Even thought I had the job in the bag, I've decided not to take it.’
      • ‘The fact that today's speech will focus on the need for unity suggests that the chancellor is not one of those who sees a third Labour victory as in the bag.’
      • ‘That final looked in the bag for the visitors out the country but the home team staged a fantastic rally to bring the issue down to the wire.’
      • ‘The job was in the bag as far as Miles - egotistical Miles - was concerned.’
      • ‘With several other clubs waiting in the wings, however, Rovers know there's still some way to go before a deal is formally in the bag.’
      • ‘Johnson is also upset by the talk, mainly by Calzaghe's side, that the Tarver-Calzaghe match is already in the bag.’
      • ‘With promotion in the bag and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy in the cabinet, Reid was still acclaiming a successful season.’
      • ‘However, it would be foolhardy to believe that a deal is in the bag.’
    • 2North American Drunk.

      • ‘after a long night in the pubs, he was in the bag’
      • ‘Because turbulence when you're half in the bag is just as bad as turbulence when you're sober.’
      • ‘No, I think that when I’m 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.’
      • ‘At this point Nick was too far in the bag to continue.’
      • ‘For my delicate sensibilities, I'm halfway in the bag.’
      • ‘I can’t be the only one who blogs when she’s half in the bag, right?’
      • ‘Since the Bruisers played first that day both of them were half in the bag on Bass Ale.’
      • ‘Mike was a soldier who was always more than half in the bag.’
      • ‘Already eight a.m. and she was in the bag.’
      • ‘The story was that, after a long night in the pubs, he was in the bag.’
      • ‘He's also a shy boy, and throughout most of the dinner, he was in the bag.’
      • ‘Once he was in the bag, the King let it slip that some Norwegians might be headed our way trying to invade Scotland.’
      • ‘I don't know if he was half in the bag the way a lot of the waiters seemed to be, or not.’
      • ‘Most of the interviews were done with troops that were half in the bag.’
      • ‘Cluff sounded half in the bag and really did not impress me at all with his monotone delivery.’

Phrasal Verbs

    bag on
    North American informal
    • bag on someone or somethingCriticize someone or something.

      • ‘I don't know why everyone is bagging on Palmer’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As much as we bag on our elected officials (and deservedly so) this is the kind of stuff that takes up a large portion of their day.’
      • ‘I always hate to bag on a movie but I have to admit that this one was a tough one to get through.’
      • ‘There are a lot of smug haters out there who bag on my choice of a name, but I don't care about what they think.’
      • ‘People like to bag on The Walking Dead because it concerns itself more with people arguing than people fighting zombies, but that's the whole point.’
      • ‘It's not my style to bag on people unless they do something egregiously wrong.’
      • ‘For you losers that are bagging on her about this being her third marriage she was married the first time for 4 years, the second time for 16 years.’
      • ‘He says I've been bagging on the Phillies too much.’
      • ‘Ah, everybody's bagging on Frankie.’


Middle English perhaps from Old Norse baggi.