- to carry (one's lunch) to work or school, as in a brown paper bag
- to bring (one's own liquor) into a restaurant, nightclub, etc. which is not permitted to sell liquor but may furnish setups
transitive verbbrown-bagged, brown-bag·ging, brown-bags
- To take (lunch) to work, typically in a brown paper bag.
- To take (liquor) into a public establishment, such as a restaurant, that does not serve alcohol.
(third-person singular simple present brown-bags, present participle brown-bagging, simple past and past participle brown-bagged)
Usually used with the object "it": John brown-bagged it today
(plural brown bags)
(third-person singular simple present brown bags, present participle brown bagging, simple past and past participle brown bagged)
- To carry one's lunch from home, as in a bag, rather than purchase it from a cafeteria or restaurant.
From the brown paper bag traditionally used to carry one's own lunch from home.