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1‘he carried a bag filled with sandwiches’
shopping bag, string bag, sack
British carrier bag, carrier
North American dated keister
2‘I dug around in my bag for my lipstick’
handbag, shoulder bag, clutch bag, evening bag, pochette
North American pocketbook, purse
British informal bumbag
North American informal fanny pack
historical reticule, scrip
3‘she began to unpack her bags’
suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, Gladstone bag, carpet bag
backpack, rucksack, knapsack, haversack, kitbag, duffel bag
NZ Australian informal port
1‘he bagged three pheasants’
catch, capture, trap, snare, ensnare, land
kill, shoot, pick off
2‘I got there early to bag a seat in the front row’
get, secure, obtain, acquire
reserve, commandeer, grab, appropriate, take
win, achieve, attain
informal get one's hands on, get one's mitts on, nab, pick up, land, net
3‘her trousers bagged at the knee’
sag, hang loosely, bulge, swell, balloon
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