Definition of panhandle in US English:



North American
  • (often in place names) a narrow strip of territory projecting from the main territory of one state into another state.

    ‘the Oklahoma Panhandle’
    • ‘‘In north Florida and the panhandle, we had Tropical Storm Allison come through and drop nearly 12 inches of rain in the Tallahassee area,’ he said.’
    • ‘But a long stretch of the Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to Florida's eastern panhandle, could take the brunt of this hurricane's next landfall.’
    • ‘It's 90 miles east of Amarillo, up in the panhandle.’
    • ‘After completion of the grazing phase, the steers were shipped by truck to a commercial feedlot in the panhandle of Oklahoma.’
    • ‘Far from the Caribbean vibrancy of Miami or the Disney cheerfulness of Orlando, this sleepy town lies hard against the Georgia border in the northernmost region of the panhandle.’
    • ‘The Eastern mole can be found from the Atlantic to the foothills of the Rockies and from Southern Canada to the panhandle of Florida.’
    • ‘Three workers were killed and three others injured in an explosion January 22 at a coal mine near Cameron, West Virginia, in the state's northern panhandle.’
    • ‘Long-lead outlooks indicated a cooler August for the entire state, with above normal precipitation over the southwest and southern panhandle.’
    • ‘Leo turned west on one of the gravel roads that marked almost every square mile of panhandle farm land and parked his car.’
    • ‘My main concern is that because the panhandle is so thin, there is very little in the way of a buffer zone separating Washington from Montana.’
    • ‘He initiated a series of interdiction missions flown along the infiltration routes developing in the Laotian panhandle.’
    • ‘From the Malaspina Glacier west of Yakutat Bay, the Tongass sweeps south 500 miles over most of Alaska's southeastern panhandle and the Alexander Archipelago.’
    • ‘In 1999 and 2000 we ran traps in the northern panhandle of West Virginia at Tomlinson Run State Park, near Weirton, a steel-producing city west of Pittsburgh.’
    • ‘Destin, located in the panhandle region, has become a prime landing strip for snowbirds who would rather gaze at blue water and white sand than gray buildings and freeways.’
    • ‘But walking along Interstate 40, somewhere in the panhandle of Texas a week later, Matilda and I exchanged old war stories.’
    • ‘Pathologists strongly suspect that Hurricane Ivan that hit the panhandle of Florida in mid September is responsible for the spread of the disease from South America.’
    • ‘Many came from Florida's panhandle, and the changing colors in the rows nearer the top of the wall signify when Southern suppliers stopped furnishing them just prior to the Civil War.’
    • ‘Pathologists strongly suspect that Hurricane Ivan, which hit the panhandle of Florida in mid-September is responsible for the spread of the disease from South America.’
    • ‘Charles Duvall, a moderate bishop from Florida's panhandle, wrote in an August pastoral letter to his flock that if God had joined them together, he as bishop would work to keep them that way.’
    • ‘Take a trip to the panhandle of Nebraska to experience rugged buttes, badlands, and spires.’


[no object]North American
  • Beg in the street.

    ‘she went back to the streets to panhandle for money’
    • ‘Marlene, 59, who became homeless nine months ago after cancer surgery, panhandles as temperatures drop to the low 40's on Van Ness Street in San Francisco on January 31, 2001.’
    • ‘On Christmas eve there's a panhandler who happens to be an ex-convict panhandling from door to door.’
    • ‘I wonder how long it'll be before they are panhandling for money, smokes and cheap wine?’
    • ‘‘I don't see the need for panhandling like that,’ the Pentagon source said.’
    • ‘Many people have asked about panhandling - I think that people should not give money to panhandlers.’
    • ‘The bylaw also prohibited a person from panhandling towards motorists who were parked or stopped at a traffic light, and from panhandling on a street between sunset and sunrise.’
    • ‘As I left Rideau Street that afternoon I saw these men panhandling and indeed all they were doing was quietly sitting against the wall with a sign.’
    • ‘They're required to panhandle for their food money and sleep in cars in the school parking lot.’
    • ‘Most often, this implies a life on city streets begging, panhandling, petty theft, and using charity and soup kitchens close to the drug source.’
    • ‘Today, he panhandles on the streets of Montreal.’
    • ‘And to show their gratitude, his family takes off with no forwarding address, leaving Jong-du to roam the streets panhandling for tofu.’
    • ‘He was charged for handing out leaflets, under the same bylaw that covers, among other things, panhandling.’
    • ‘By April 1 he was broke, so he panhandled for money to buy food.’
    • ‘Although payment is collected from the audience at the end of each show, pass-the-hat style, structured busking shows are not the same thing as panhandling.’
    • ‘Once, he and a buddy went panhandling on Christmas Eve and collected $220.’
    • ‘The controversial meters were put up in order to stop panhandling in the city's most popular shopping district, particularly those identified by locals as middle-class kids trolling for beer money.’
    • ‘Once in Halifax I was physically attacked by a lady in a wheelchair who was panhandling beside me.’
    • ‘How many times can I be called racist or intolerant because I refuse to fight for their right for them to practice their religious rites or to give them money while they panhandle?’
    • ‘I was robbing houses, stealing money from friends and family, conning people, panhandling at some point on the street.’
    • ‘During that time he was savagely beaten, he built and renovated a small house for himself, panhandled, spent days on end drunk, took drugs, rode along on thieving runs and stood in soup kitchen lines.’