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handbag

[hand-bag] /ˈhændˌbæg/
noun
1.
a bag or box of leather, fabric, plastic, or the like, held in the hand or carried by means of a handle or strap, commonly used by women for holding money, toilet articles, small purchases, etc.
2.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; hand + bag
Can be confused
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British Dictionary definitions for hand bag

handbag

/ˈhændˌbæɡ/
noun
1.
Also called bag, (US and Canadian) purse, (chiefly US) pocketbook. a woman's small bag carried to contain personal articles
2.
a small suitcase that can be carried by hand
3.
a commercial style of House music
Word Origin
(for sense 3) C20: humorous allusion to the trend for groups of women to dance round their handbags in discos, nightclubs, etc
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