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Gladstone bag

a small rectangular suitcase hinged to open into two compartments of equal size.
Also called Gladstone.
Origin of Gladstone bag
1880-85; after W.E. Gladstone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • But who makes a practice nowadays of putting books into his suit-case or gladstone-bag?

    The Book-Hunter at Home P. B. M. Allan
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Gladstone bag

a piece of hand luggage consisting of two equal-sized hinged compartments
Word Origin
C19: named after W. E. Gladstone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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