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brown-bag

[broun-bag] /ˈbraʊnˈbæg/
verb (used with object), brown-bagged, brown-bagging.
1.
to bring (one's own liquor) to a restaurant or club, especially one that has no liquor license.
2.
to bring (one's lunch) to work or elsewhere, usually in a small brown paper bag.
verb (used without object), brown-bagged, brown-bagging.
3.
to carry one's lunch in a brown paper bag.
adjective
4.
brought to work, usually in a small brown paper bag:
a brown-bag lunch.
Idioms
5.
brown-bag it, to bring one's lunch to work or elsewhere, especially in a brown paper bag.
Related forms
brown-bagger, noun
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  • We went to the art show on the day tickets were discounted, and told friends we'd brown-bag our lunches.
British Dictionary definitions for brown-bag

brown bag

noun
1.
a bag made of brown paper, often used for carrying a packed lunch or alcohol
verb (intransitive) -bags, -bagging, -bagged
2.
to take a packed lunch in a brown bag
3.
to carry alcohol in a brown bag
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Contemporary definitions for brown-bag
adjective

pertaining to a meal, usu. Lunch, brought from home, esp. in a paper bag

Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for brown-bag
v.

"to bring lunch or liquor in a brown paper bag," 1970, from brown (adj.) + bag (n.). Related: Brown-bagging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for brown-bag

brown-bag

verb

To take one's lunch to the office, or one's liquor to a club or restaurant, in a paper bag: for brown-bagging booze at places that allow this practice/ brown-bagging it for lunch (1960s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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