Meaning of “panhandle” in the English Dictionary

"panhandle" in British English

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panhandlenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpænˌhæn.dəl/ us /ˈpænˌhæn.dəl/ US

a long, thin piece of land joined to a larger area:

the Texas panhandle

panhandleverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈpænˌhæn.dəl/ us /ˈpænˌhæn.dəl/ US informal

to ask people that you do not know for money, especially in a public place:

He was arrested for panhandling.
panhandler
noun [ C ] uk /ˈpænˌhænd.lər/ us /ˈpænˌhænd.lɚ/ US

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

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panhandleverb [ I ]

us /ˈpænˌhæn·dəl/

panhandle verb [ I ] (ASK)

to ask for money, esp. in a public place; to beg:

A homeless man often panhandles in front of the bank.

panhandlenoun [ C ]

us /ˈpænˌhæn·dəl/

panhandle noun [ C ] (AREA)

a long, narrow piece of land joined to a larger area:

The Oklahoma panhandle extends over Texas.

(Definition of “panhandle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)