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Then he spread out his two bags, folded them together again, and then again.

The cut shows the filter provided with a portion of its bags and frames.

Parson Jones lifted out one of the bags, and it jingled as he did so.

There was a scramble on the instant for muskets, bags, and belongings.

It is gathered, roasted and preserved whole in bags for winter use.

He was not uncomfortable, as it was a warm evening, and the pile of bags was soft.

Others were crowded around their bags intent on something I could not see.

More barrels, boxes, crates and bags to be piled high up on the waterfront.

Cousin Egbert muttered sullenly to himself as he assisted me with the bags.

He beckoned to his secretary, who was waiting with his bags.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, bagge, from Old Norse baggi or a similar Scandinavian source; not found in other Germanic languages, perhaps ultimately of Celtic origin. Disparaging slang for "woman" dates from 1924 (though various specialized senses of this are much older). Meaning "person's area of interest or expertise" is 1964, from Black English slang, from jazz sense of "category," probably via notion of putting something in a bag.

To be left holding the bag (and presumably nothing else), "cheated, swindled" is attested by 1793. Many figurative senses are from the notion of the game bag (late 15c.) into which the product of the hunt was placed; e.g. the verb meaning "to kill game" (1814) and its colloquial extension to "catch, seize, steal" (1818). To let the cat out of the bag "reveal the secret" is from 1760.

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