One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A bag used to carry stolen goods or loot.
2A bag containing free gifts, typically given away to people attending an event, frequently for promotional purposes.
3Australian and NZ. A bag designed to be carried as a swag.
4US. A large travel bag with several compartments and pockets. Now rare.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From swag + bag.
swag bag/ˈswaɡ baɡ/
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