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bag

noun [C] uk   /bæɡ/ us  

bag noun [C] (CONTAINER)

A1 a soft container made out of paper or thin plastic, or a stronger container made of leather, plastic, or other material, usually with a handle, in which you carry personal things or clothes or other things that you need for travelling: a paper/plastic bag a shopping bag (= a bag in which shopping is carried) a bag of apples/nuts Don't eat that whole bag of (= the amount the bag contains) sweets at once. I hadn't even packed my bags (= put the things I need in cases/bags).Containers for carrying personal possessionsBags in general bags under your eyes dark, loose, or swollen skin under your eyes because of tiredness or old ageThe skin, and skin colour

bag noun [C] (WOMAN)

slang a rude and insulting name for a woman, especially an older one: Silly old bag!Unpleasant women

bag noun [C] (TROUSERS)

bags UK old-fashioned trousers with a wide and loose style: Oxford bagsTrousers

bag

verb uk   /bæɡ/ (-gg-) us  

bag verb (GET)

[T] informal to get something before other people have a chance to take it: [+ two objects] Bag us some decent seats/Bag some decent seats for us if you get there first, won't you?
See also
Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting

bag verb (WIN PRIZE)

[T] UK informal to win sth, especially a prize: He's the bookies' favourite to bag an Oscar. He is eager to bag his fifth victory of the season.

bag verb (KILL)

[T] to hunt and kill an animal or birdHunting

bag verb (CRITICIZE)

[T] Australian English informal to criticize or laugh at someone or something in an unkind way: Stop bagging her (out) - she's doing her best.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation

bag verb (PUT IN CONTAINER)

[T] to put something in a bag: Shall I bag (up) those tomatoes for you?Wrapping, packing and loading

bag verb (HANG LOOSELY)

[I] to hang loosely like a bag: I hate these trousers - they bag (out) at the back.The style, appearance, and make-up of clothes
Idioms
(Definition of bag from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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