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"bag" in British English

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bagnoun [C]

uk   /bæɡ/ us   /bæɡ/
  • 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 suitcases/bags).
bags under your eyes
dark, loose, or swollen skin under your eyes because of tiredness or old age

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bagverb

uk   /bæɡ/ us   /bæɡ/ -gg-
  • bag verb (KILL)

[T] to hunt and kill an animal or bird
  • bag verb (SUMMIT)

informal to reach the top of a mountain: We bagged three summits in one day.
  • bag verb (HANG LOOSELY)

[I] to hang loosely like a bag: I hate these trousers - they bag (out) at the back.
  • 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.
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(Definition of bag from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bag" in American English

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bagnoun [C]

us   /bæɡ/
  • bag noun [C] (OPEN CONTAINER)

a container of paper or light plastic that is open at the top, used esp. to hold things you have bought: a grocery/shopping bag
  • bag noun [C] (CLOSED CONTAINER)

a container of leather, hard plastic, or cloth material with a top that can be closed, for carrying clothes or other objects, esp. when you are traveling; a suitcase: You can leave your bags in the hotel room, and I’ll send someone up for them later.
A bag is also a woman’s pocketbook: I carry a large shoulder bag.

bagverb [T]

us   /bæɡ/ -gg-
  • bag verb [T] (HUNT)

to hunt and capture or kill an animal or bird: Only 15 percent of last year’s hunters actually bagged a deer.
  • bag verb [T] (PUT IN BAG)

to put items in a bag: I’ll bag your groceries for you.
(Definition of bag from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bag" in Business English

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bagnoun [C]

uk   /bæɡ/ us  
be in the bag informal
if something is in the bag, you are certain to get it or to achieve it: The company goes into the year with 75% of its expected revenues already in the bag.
be left holding the bag informal
to be made responsible for something that was really the fault of somebody else: He quit the company and we were left holding the bag for the bad decisions he'd made.
(Definition of bag from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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