Meaning of “handbags (at dawn)” in the English Dictionary

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"handbags (at dawn)" in British English

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handbags (at dawn)

UK humorous

used to talk about a situation in which two football players seem angry and threatening but do not actually fight:

It wasn't a serious confrontation - just handbags.

(Definition of “handbags (at dawn)” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)