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[grip-sak] /ˈgrɪpˌsæk/
noun, Older Use.
a traveling bag; grip.
Origin of gripsack
1875-80, Americanism; grip + sack1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I hope you will pack your gripsack and start home immediately upon receipt of this.

  • He had his hat on, and had the air of just having let himself in; his gripsack stood at his feet.

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
  • Frank, who had just come from the railway station, had a gripsack in each hand.

  • Now, Tuttle, set down that there keister of yours—that gripsack—and listen.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • Keogh gazed on him sadly, but without rancour, and began to pack his gripsack.

  • He put his gripsack on the floor at his feet, but held the casket in his lap.

    Cast Upon the Breakers Horatio Alger
  • Next he turned his attention to the gripsack, but that proved to contain only wearing apparel.

    Mark Mason's Victory Horatio Alger
  • The same evening the two men arrived, each carrying his gripsack.

    The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • His gripsack was securely fastened on his back, his walking stick was in his hand, his hat upon his head.

    At the Crossroads Harriet T. Comstock
  • "No, sir," answered Walter politely, removing his gripsack from the seat.

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