Definition of bag in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Eve smiled and sat down at the foot of the bed watching her daughter open the brown bag.’
    • ‘He was carrying two bags containing a total of £40,000.’
    • ‘I was carrying a shopping bag from a high street clothes shop.’
    • ‘The women going about their shopping all carried baskets or shopping bags, not a plastic carrier in sight.’
    • ‘All of the bags can be folded and stuffed inside the largest bag.’
    • ‘The only reason I was complaining was because my bag was so heavy.’
    • ‘On her way to breakfast, she grabbed her gym bag.’
    • ‘What book should you throw into your beach bag?’
    • ‘They turn up with bags full of beer.’
    • ‘Re-using bags over and over certainly makes better economic and environmental sense than just dumping them after one use.’
    • ‘I ran to the truck and grabbed my bag.’
    • ‘You don't have to lug a bag of useful stuff around everywhere you go.’
    • ‘A neighbour said he had reported one of the detained men after seeing him carrying a bag containing letters.’
    • ‘Pupils lined up outsides schools clutching brand new bags eager to return to class.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In his old school he had to carry his bag with him everywhere.’
    • ‘People would come in and drop off bags of clothes by the carload, many of the items still with the tags on them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I walk lazily to the kitchen and start emptying the bags.’
    • ‘He was standing next to me with a bag at his feet and he kept dipping into this bag and fiddling about with something.’
    receptacle, container
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    1. 1.1 The amount contained in a bag.
      ‘a bag of sugar’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In my day, we had to be content with a bag of Tayto Crisps and a bottle of Cidona…’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am readmitted to the hospital and intravenously plugged into a bag of Dilaudid - hospital heroin.’
      • ‘And then Santa arrived with his bag of Christmas gifts for everyone, courtesy of the Abbeyleix Goose Club draw.’
      • ‘His winces and stammers come from the one bag of acting tricks, marked ‘flopsweat.’’
      • ‘By the TV, a full bag of recyclables had fallen over, spilling its contents onto the otherwise clean floor.’
      • ‘Visitors to the show will receive a lace bag of wedding favours, five sugared almonds which traditionally convey blessing, with a Bible text inside.’
      • ‘Unstacking some containers in the corner, she pulled out a bag of rice.’
      • ‘There were 3 possible destinations: over her trainers, into her popcorn container or into my bag of chocolate brazils.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The blonde was hovering over a bag of feed and a green five gallon bucket.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The two fled, leaving the bag of cash and a sawn-off shotgun.’
      • ‘They just wanted me to donate, monthly, the equivalent amount to half a bag of tea-bags.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tina smiles at her stepson, Cary, who is eating an entire bag of Ruffles and a container of French onion dip.’
    2. 1.2 A woman's handbag.
      ‘a velvet evening bag’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Such women are likely to be in handbag heaven this spring, as bags are at the forefront of the craze for accessories.’
      • ‘Richard was identified by a woman as the black who snatched her bag late one evening.’
      • ‘Like any well-organized woman, Kim has her purses divided into day bags and evening bags.’
      • ‘Mrs Danswan, of Croft Road, Old Town, specialises in making elegant evening bags.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In her new spring collection, which ranged from large tote bags to delicately embroidered evening bags, there was something for every occasion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You know, I've never counted, but I might have a hundred and fifty bags / handbags in my wardrobe.’
      • ‘Grabbing her evening bag, she slipped in her coat and left for the airport.’
      • ‘But it's not only the contents of a woman's handbag which tells us about her - the actual bag can speak volumes too.’
      • ‘Designer Kate Spade has achieved handbag hegemony and her boxy yet fresh bags swing from the shoulder of every New Yorker worth her manicure.’
      • ‘From tiny rucksacks through sequinned glamour bags to big mummy handbags, it's very rare to see a woman without one.’
      • ‘Usually they are made at the handbag factory from the same materials the bags are made from.’
      • ‘She tells him that it is in her evening bag, which was thrown into the bushes.’
      • ‘They're accosted by Joan Rivers who demands to know which designer made their gown, their jewels, their evening bag.’
      • ‘She found it in her bag that evening, and had slipped it into her pocket.’
      • ‘Kirby pulled a pen and correction fluid from her handbag before storing the bag at the back of the room on a peg.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rummaging in her evening bag, she withdrew a crumpled pack of cigarettes and a wilted book of matches.’
      handbag, shoulder bag, clutch bag, evening bag, pochette
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    3. 1.3 A piece of luggage.
      ‘she began to unpack her bags’
      • ‘You can spend hundreds of pounds on luggage or bungee an overnight bag to the luggage rack.’
      • ‘She turned around, picked up her bag, the only piece of luggage she had.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I pull my luggage (a bag and a laptop) on to the taxi, the driver asked where I were going.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The woman ushered Halle into the small 2-room apartment, and grabbed one of Halle's black luggage bags.’
      • ‘He put his bag in a luggage rack and as more passengers got on the train he was pushed further away from it.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘It didn't make me unpack my bags and cancel my flight, but it was quite an omen.’
      • ‘Early last season he was lifting a luggage bag from a hotel lift when he twinged something.’
      • ‘The bag was discovered among luggage from the commuter trains lost after the attacks.’
      • ‘I arrived home, my arms weighed down with bags, my luggage.’
      • ‘Standing up quickly, Carrie went to her closet and took out her luggage bag.’
      • ‘I just entered with my luggage, just a bag and I was put in the last room.’
      • ‘Checking into Hotel Residence ‘Le Rose’, his only luggage was a small bag.’
      • ‘After she unpacked her bags and organized her belongings, Wendy decided to put her shower on hold and stroll around the ship.’
      • ‘Steve put the suit back into a luggage bag, put the combination lock onto it, then put it back under his desk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The terminal was evacuated while a suspect bag at left luggage was investigated.’
      • ‘I got changed and started re-packing my stuff from my bag into a suitcase.’
      suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, gladstone bag, carpet bag
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    4. 1.4 The amount of game shot by a hunter.
      ‘an estimated bag of 3,000 ducks’
      • ‘In all of the zones where the hunting of this species is authorized, the bag limit is one moose per two hunters per year.’
      • ‘Also, the agency is considering proposing an increase in the deer bag limit in those counties.’
      • ‘It's fairly unlikely that the council will recommend further cuts in the scaup bag limit for the coming season.’
      • ‘The bag limit had been a single whitefront for many years prior to that.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘"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."’
      • ‘The daily bag limit can include no more than 2 white-tipped (white-fronted doves).’
      • ‘Not a great bag, but more than enough to win this tournament tonight.’
      • ‘The federal framework also modified the daily bag limit for the four-day season in the SWDA.’
      • ‘A zero bag limit will now apply to wobbegong sharks.’
      • ‘It was very vexatious; but still three lions were not a bad bag for one gun before dinner.’
      • ‘The bag limit for unlisted native fish, which previously had no limit, will now be set at 10.’
      • ‘An illusion of an inner street, not a bad bag for the courtyard hunter.’
      • ‘Looking at photos of other teal hunters' bags, most seem to hold a high percentage of adult male bluewings.’
      • ‘I was pleased with 24-7 because that’s not a bad bag.’
    5. 1.5bags Loose folds of skin under a person's eyes.
      ‘there were dark bags under her eyes’
      • ‘Mercia was watching her parent's faces; sallow skin, dark bags under their lifeless eyes.’
      • ‘I was absolutely shattered, wearing a Burberry cagoule and a pair of sunglasses to hide the bags under my eyes.’
      • ‘My eyes looked bloodshot, there were dark, heavy bags under them, and my naturally sun-kissed skin looked incredibly pale.’
      • ‘This is the magic potion/formula that will make everything all right/my skin smoother/my bags less defined.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She was aware of her pasty skin, of the bags under her eyes, and of the drawn look on her face without his comments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His face was wrinkled, and the bags under his eyes did not help to make him look any younger.’
      • ‘Or use Photoshop to take out the wrinkles and bags under your eyes.’
      • ‘When the blood circulation is slowed, some blood will collect around the eye which leads to dark circles, eye bags and wrinkles.’
      • ‘I can only remember a glimpse of him: dark bags under his eyes, loose pant and bluish shirt.’
      • ‘I ignored the bags under my eyes and the weight I was losing.’
      • ‘But let's not forget that for all those wrinkles and those bags under her eyes, Maine Road is still a fabulous stadium.’
      • ‘He looked tired and worn out, with pale skin and purple bags under his eyes.’
      • ‘A similar incision is made along the lower lash line to remove undereye bags and skin.’
      • ‘A face has no character unless it moves, and the fleeting emotions animate the ingrained ones, the battle-damage - lines, bags, wrinkles.’
      • ‘She highlights slightly pimply skin, bags under eyes and flesh taut with baby fat.’
    6. 1.6bagsBritish dated Loose-fitting trousers.
      ‘a pair of flannel bags’
      • ‘I wear a pair of bags, a dirty sweater, and go without hat or shoes and stockings.’
      • ‘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.’
    7. 1.7bags ofBritish informal Plenty of.
      ‘I had bags of energy’
      • ‘I imagined that at the end I'd have bags of information, anecdotes and observations.’
      • ‘Rossendale came up against a team not only top of the league but also a side playing with bags of confidence.’
      • ‘Only a single score down and bags of attrition time still left to play.’
      • ‘A talented young outfit who boast bags of ability and an enthusiasm to match.’
      • ‘Jeremy Noseda's colt has bags of speed and scope and will not be easily denied.’
      • ‘We have bags of potential but I am sick of that word, we need to start winning.’
      • ‘This is a delicious game bird, with bags of flavour and little or no fat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He had looks, he had charm, he had talent, and he had bags of money, of course.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A clever premise, lots of clever ideas interwoven into the plot and just bags and bags of fun.’
      • ‘They had a decent first half and a very good second half while Hearts, despite bags of effort, had an off day.’
      • ‘At their best, Chilean wines are unctuously juicy and intense, with bags of exotic ripe fruit.’
      • ‘He showed again he is comfortable on the ball, has bags of skill and when he tackles you, you stay tackled.’
      • ‘Perhaps someone who has just retired and has bags of energy could come on board.’
      • ‘Venus in Pisces is a further sign she has bags of acting and musical talent.’
      • ‘The world is a pretty place, you have bags of energy, and you even look forward to a train ride in to work.’
      • ‘Use a good, cheap cut like shoulder which becomes really tender the longer it cooks and has bags of flavour.’
      • ‘On the nose there are bags of ripe yeast underlined by musty hayshed flavours.’
      • ‘There are still bags of sunshine every day and if you can get out of the wind there's some real power in it.’
  • 2informal A woman, especially an older one, perceived as unpleasant or unattractive.

    ‘an interfering old bag’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You are sounding like that old bag that's in charge of making sure I am somewhat of a lady.’
    • ‘Doubtless your sisters-in-law will think you a patronising, self-righteous old bag, but you can't have it all ways.’
    • ‘But I sure can dream about seeing a bullet lodged it that old bag's skull.’
    • ‘What probably really happened is that the old bag didn't want any dark skin hands near her purist Jewish skin and she was left their to fend for herself.’
    • ‘I would probably refuse to go out with the man simply because of the snoopy old bag.’
    • ‘Tommie had to contain his laughter at how angry the old bag was getting.’
    • ‘I started with a right hook, and before I knew it I was nearly punching the stuffing out of that old bag.’
    • ‘I guess I was taking too long, because the old bag came right into the room!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He loathed the old bag more than Liz ever did, despite sharing the same political views.’
    • ‘The old bag that gets terribly angry if neighbours leave their junkmail sitting on and around the letterboxes?’
    • ‘Old bag, he thought to himself as he walked into the indicated room and settled into a chair.’
    • ‘Once they had lost the old bag, the six calmly went down the stairs.’
    • ‘How many times is the old bag going to play Lara Croft?’
    • ‘Once I heard little more than static coming from my earpiece, I decided to humor the old bag.’
    • ‘On the news this morning, the old bag was saying that the visitor figures for the fountain had far exceeded their predictions.’
    • ‘My good lady offered it to some old bag for £3 and she toddled off shaking her head.’
    • ‘I thought my words were going to change the world but that's all gone now and I'm just a jaded old bag.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3one's baginformal One's particular interest or taste.

    ‘ask the manager about mild curries, if that's your bag’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Farstar International is probably one of the best examples of bad Web design ever, but obviously that's not the guy's 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.’
    • ‘And Jay needs to just stop watching them if it's not his bag.’
    • ‘Cheap and cheerful is certainly not our bag at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Song and dance were not her bag, but she was great and deserved a highest award for the accomplishment in this movie.’
    • ‘I tried a course in b/w photography, but realised it was not my bag either.’
    • ‘The resort lifestyle is most certainly not our bag.’
    • ‘Not that there's anything wrong with that - but not my bag.’
    • ‘Tried out the Super Ego, and I don't know how else to say this, but it's just not my bag.’
    • ‘But it didn't take Scully long to figure out that coaching football was not his bag.’
    • ‘It’s a bit on the simpering side and just was not my bag, but it sure was quick to read.’
    • ‘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.’
    hobby, pastime, leisure activity, leisure pursuit, recreation, entertainment, diversion, amusement, relaxation
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  • 4Baseball
    A base.

    • ‘Orta was called safe on a grounder even though the throw beat him to the bag.’
    • ‘The moment Ugeto reached second base safely and left the bag, he was open game to be put out.’
    • ‘He takes a few steps past the bag and the right fielder throws the ball to the shortstop at the bag.’
    • ‘At a game last week, a hitter popped the ball up in foul territory, right by the first base bag.’
    • ‘Because of his proximity to the base, the first baseman will tag the bag first before throwing to second.’
  • 5(in southern Africa) a unit of measurement, used especially of grain, equal to 70 kg (formerly 200 lb).

    • ‘The standard 50-kg bag of fertilizer costs US$20 or more.’
    • ‘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.’


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

    ‘customers bagged their own groceries’
    • ‘Oh, and that digital frock of hers has been bagged up and sent to Oxfam.’
    • ‘It was generally bagged up with everything else and sent for land-fill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Between them they had done the same with Carl's gear which had been bagged up in black plastic refuse sacks.’
    • ‘At the last count, more than £920 had been banked and there was more than £100 in loose change waiting to be bagged up.’
    • ‘Estrada believes she lost her diamond ring while bagging sweets for a customer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘When fruit or vegetables got a bit old, they would be bagged up ready to be passed on to customers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When they went to her wardrobes, her clothes were neatly bagged up with instructions of which charity they should go to.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Leaves can be bagged up (it would help if the council supplied special bags for this) and collected later.’
    • ‘They were bagged up to be taken away by Trading Standards officers for investigation.’
    • ‘After that, they were bagged up for shipping and stored in the freezer until a truck came to get them.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Succeed in killing or catching (an animal)

    ‘Mike bagged nineteen cod’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oooh, that's gotta hurt - you go hunting and the only member of the party who bags anything is your dog.’
    • ‘The goal with professional hunter Gordon Duncan of Shangaan Hunters in Zimbabwe was to bag a Cape buffalo.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘We also follow Roy, from Texas, as he goes on safari to bag himself a special animal for the show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Baiting with corn, he bagged half a dozen carp, with fish up to 7lb, for his 25 lb 12 oz.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other than dove hunters, nobody bagged much out of this session.’
    • ‘Are fishing seasons and bag limits keeping marine fish stocks healthy?’
    • ‘Kerry claims to have come-this-close to bagging a 16-point buck out on the cape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But on that one day, Graham bagged something much more significant than a wolf or a quail…’
    • ‘Last year's statistics reveal that 1183 foreign hunters bagged over 8900 animals in the province at a cost of over R44,5 million.’
    • ‘She bagged a deer on her very first shoot, but found it more difficult when asked to go stalking alone.’
    • ‘It was not unusual for a hunter to bag up to 40 geese or widgeon with one shot with this method.’
    catch, capture, trap, snare, ensnare, land
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    1. 2.1 Succeed in securing (something)
      ‘we've bagged three awards for excellence’
      ‘get there early to bag a seat in the front row’
      • ‘Samyuktha Varma bagged the best actress award for her role in another film exploring post-marital affairs, ‘Megha Malhar’.’
      • ‘But, perhaps, when you're an older guy trying to bag the younger chick then that's what you need to do.’
      • ‘Tiger Woods may win more tournaments and bag the most prize money.’
      • ‘Westaro started the brighter with Selsby finding his shooting form early, bagging the opening basket followed by a three pointer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Innocent and Gopika bagged the best character actor and actress awards for their roles in Vesham.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Any gentleman who would bag himself a Snake lady would be ill-advised to seem too available.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two years ago, Ganjam bagged the runners-up award at the International Gold Virtuosi 2000.’
      • ‘Havildar Murugesan and Havildar Chinnusamy bagged the first and second places in the automatic gun shooting.’
      • ‘Last weekend, he collected another Scottish Cup with Celtic to add to the League title that they had already bagged a few weeks earlier.’
      • ‘It can't be the true bliss of bagging a bargain on a wet weekday in early January can it?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nimbus, IMG, Rishi Narain Golf Associates and Tiger Sports Marketing evinced keen interest in bagging the right to stage the tour.’
      • ‘They were primarily studying the igneous rocks in the region but still managed to bag a few good fossils.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Veteran artiste, Sheela, has bagged the special jury award for excellence in acting.’
      • ‘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..’
      • ‘In the South Lakeland District Council award section, Sedbergh bagged the towns and villages trophy while Rydal Mount, Rydal, took the tourism trophy.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So what if my pants are bagging at the ankles and I have to keep pulling them up every 5 seconds.’
    • ‘I feel there is nothing wrong with bagging pants as long as your actual underwear and behind is not showing.’
    • ‘The cloak he wore bagged over his body, making his frail stature appear sturdier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He smiled innocently, pulling his shirt up and letting his checkered pants bag low under his hips.’
    • ‘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?"’
    • ‘Choosing the next size larger, the women will only experience sagging and bagging at the ankles after wearing them a short period of time.’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He looked small and young with my clothes bagging off his thin frame, but his face had matured.’
    • ‘Instantly, he felt himself become smaller, his clothes bagging like a boy dressing up in his father's things.’
    sag, hang loosely, bulge, swell, balloon
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  • 4North American informal Abandon or give up on.

    ‘she ought to just bag this marriage and get on with her life’
    • ‘Once you lift it and start driving with the larger tires you'll wish you bagged it and saved on gas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About twenty years ago, the Connection Machine was supposed to be the big new paradigm, but before long they bagged it.’
    • ‘Let's bag it before this gets ugly.’
  • 5NZ Australian informal Criticize.

    ‘the fans should be backing him not bagging him’
    • ‘The Poms don't need any help bagging themselves.’
    • ‘I thought the whole idea behind po-mo was so that everyone could do their own thing and not cop a bagging.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So they sneak around, bagging the Greens behind their backs, and saying something quite different.’
    • ‘They didn't spend the entire time bagging each other, and some of them actually addressed issues and pointed out policy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't appreciate the bagging of other's opinions for no apparent reason.’
    • ‘The Government says many Senate committee reports have been set up with the specific purpose of "bagging the Government".’
    • ‘There's always people bagging teachers or lawyers or someone else.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Surely a politician can't go wrong bagging lawyers?’
    • ‘I would hope the member would support those programmes, rather than bagging them all the time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are not interested in watching a movie that has already been bagged by movie critics on radio stations and television.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You and some of your correspondents are fond of colourfully bagging Andrew and that is your right.’
    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, lambaste
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  • 6North American informal Fit (a patient) with an oxygen mask or other respiratory aid.

    • ‘Whether we tube him or not someone still has to bag him, and he seems to be doing fine with what we’re doing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We then bag her for a while more, and then wean her off oxygen.’
    • ‘Bag him at a rate of 30. Check for breath sounds bilaterally.’
    • ‘They also maintained airway management and continued to bag him.’


  • bag and baggage

    • With all one's belongings.

      ‘he threw her out bag and baggage’
      • ‘The town of Ellis moved bag and baggage to Tracy including moving two hotels.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She packs bag and baggage and leaves with a vague address for a relative in the big city (Delhi).’
      • ‘They found it expedient, therefore, to fall back upon the old bag and baggage argument about the Ottoman Empire “being foreign to Western civilization.”’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The offer of the Waco church was accepted and in 1896, students and faculty moved bag and baggage to Waco.’
      • ‘I was on a three-week vacation and it turned me into shifting bag and baggage to India.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘In the end he went bag and baggage over to Lachmann's camp.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At Wagah, every passenger has to once again disembark with bag and baggage for the Pakistani round of immigration checks.’
      • ‘They could be moved bag and baggage to some isolated northern wilderness.’
      • ‘The Kollywood fraternity has packed bag and baggage for a hectic week abroad, doing what they do best - entertaining.’
      • ‘Nobody is packing up bag and baggage and leaving.’
      • ‘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.’’
  • a bag of bones

    • informal An emaciated person or animal.

      ‘the pony is just a bag of bones’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘The young cat is fatter the old cat is a bag of bones, but happy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While confined to a wheelchair just a few months ago and "just a bag of bones," Adams has gained 25 lb.’
      • ‘You got me specially tailored-made clothing, so I would not feel so depressed being just a bag of bones.’
      • ‘If it hadn't been for the campaign these 90 kilogram women would have been a bag of bones waiting to die.’
      • ‘It was just a bag of bones which could barely stand it was so weak.’
      • ‘She was so pretty and he was just a bag of bones that forgot to stop walking about.’
      • ‘At least she's not a bag of bones and is cuter than Lohan, Barton, Bosworth, ect, ect.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Brooke said carrying the dog was "like carrying a bag of bones down the hill."’
      • ‘Personally I don't find bodies that are a bag of bones attractive.’
      • ‘We've found animals wandering around the paddock, just a bag of bones, totally covered in scabs, hardly a hair on their body.’
      nag, inferior horse, tired-out horse, worn-out horse, rosinante
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  • a bag of tricks

    • informal A set of ingenious plans, techniques, or resources.

      ‘documentary, magic realism, and surrealist techniques are all included in his bag of tricks’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It means that pretending is no longer in our bag of tricks.’
      • ‘The whole bag of tricks of the average business man, or even of the average professional man, is inordinately childish.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On the other hand, he's frustratingly comfortable recycling from his old kit bag of tricks.’
      • ‘This classic objective adds multipitch rock climbing and a thrilling 150-foot rappel to your 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.’
      • ‘Oh yes, he was thinking, I have a bag of tricks right here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Everyone here is very professional, very focused and has many resources in their bag of tricks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But slowly things became easier for him as he developed a whole bag of tricks at making his life easier.’
  • bags (or bags I)

    • informal A child's expression used to make a claim to something.

      ‘bags I his jacket’
      • ‘Sweeney used to say, in Ireland, 'Bags I that.'’
      • ‘Yes, and hopefully they tear down that ridiculous park of his. Bags I the first go with the bulldozer!’
      • ‘Nonsense, nonsense! Now we’ll play another game! Bags I the first move!’
      • ‘There are lots of houses for sale. I guess which one I’ll buy, bags I the one with the red roof.’
      • ‘Bags I the dummy, Bags I the cot, Bags I the rubber duck the other baby's got.’
      • ‘'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 left side! Now then, Dreda, I choose you first. Hereward can take Rowena. Buck up! We have got to win this time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bags I the hot dogs (inside) rather than the bottle stall (outside).’
      • ‘Male patriotism also manifested in the fact that the boys were all for "bags I the side of the Hungarians", leaving the girls with the role of the Russians.’
      • ‘"Bags I the buns, though," he added, by a happy afterthought, and snatching the bag, pressed it on Mabel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nice to see you back again, Jan - bags I the teddy bear!!!’
      • ‘"Bags I the black ones!" yell the kids. "Naah, you ate all the black ones last time."’
  • in the bag

    • 1informal (of something desirable) as good as secured.

      ‘the election is 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That said, if Lance repeats yesterday's performance, he's got it in the bag.’
      • ‘With the election in the bag, he may then be forced to rethink the need for tax rises.’
      • ‘China steps on to the pitch at the World Cup finals this year with one victory already in the bag.’
      • ‘With promotion in the bag and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy in the cabinet, Reid was still acclaiming a successful season.’
      • ‘The job was in the bag as far as Miles - egotistical Miles - was concerned.’
      • ‘This is the arrogance of a government who thinks they've got the election in the bag.’
      • ‘However, it would be foolhardy to believe that a deal is in the bag.’
      • ‘It's as though he just wishes it would go away until the next election is in the bag.’
      • ‘Even thought I had the job in the bag, I've decided not to take it.’
      • ‘The president, in other words, probably had the 2004 election in the bag all along.’
      • ‘This time, with their event in the bag, they can stand aloof.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘But at Gladstone Primary, they're just as confident they've got the trophy in the bag.’
      • ‘He thought he had their political support and their votes, and therefore the election, in the bag.’
    • 2informal 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's also a shy boy, and throughout most of the dinner, he was in the bag.’
      • ‘The same student admitted Sweeney seemed a bit in the bag.’
      • ‘Since the Bruisers played first that day both of them were half in the bag on Bass Ale.’
      • ‘Already eight a.m. and she 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.’
      • ‘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 story was that, after a long night in the pubs, he was in the bag.’
      • ‘I can’t be the only one who blogs when she’s half in the bag, right?’
      • ‘I don't know if he was half in the bag the way a lot of the waiters seemed to be, or not.’
      • ‘For my delicate sensibilities, I'm halfway in the bag.’
      • ‘Mike was a soldier who was always more than half in the bag.’
      • ‘At this point Nick was too far in the bag to continue.’
      intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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Phrasal Verbs

  • bag on

    • Criticize.

      ‘I don't know why everyone is bagging on Palmer’
      • ‘I don't know why people are still bagging on her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ah, everybody's bagging on Frankie.’
      • ‘There's no need to bag on someone for not agreeing with you.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I always hate to bag on a movie but I have to admit that this one was a tough one to get through.’
      • ‘He says I've been bagging on the Phillies too much.’
      • ‘We all love original horror films and a lot of us love to bag on studios and their horror remakes, gimmicks and 3D trickery.’
      • ‘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.’
      find fault with, censure, denounce, condemn, arraign, attack, lambaste, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to
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Middle English: perhaps from Old Norse baggi.