Handbag meaning

hănd'băg'
A woman's purse.
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A piece of small hand luggage.
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A bag, usually of leather or cloth, held in the hand or hung by a strap from the arm or shoulder and used, esp. by women, to carry money, keys, and personal effects.
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A small suitcase or valise.
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(UK and Canada) A small bag used by women (sometimes by men) for carrying various small personal items.
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(uncountable) An anthemic subgenre of house music of the late 1980s, often with booming vocals.
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(UK, humorous) Figuratively, to hit with a handbag; to attack verbally or subject to criticism (used originally of Margaret Thatcher).
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Origin of handbag

  • hand +‎ bag. The music genre is named from women dancing around a pile of their handbags in nightclubs.
    From Wiktionary