If the winds begin to push the oil slick to the east, Florida's panhandle could be devastated.
When it's cold outside, as it is for much of the year in the Idaho panhandle, inside accommodations are warm and cozy.
One represents an urban district in Chicago, the other the panhandle of Idaho.
"something resembling the handle of a pan," 1851, from pan (n.) + handle (n.). Especially in reference to geography, originally American English, from 1856, in reference to Virginia (now West Virginia; Florida, Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Alaska also have them). Meaning "an act of begging" is attested from 1849, perhaps from notion of arm stuck out like a panhandle, or of one who handles a (beggar's) pan.
"to beg," 1888, from panhandle (n.) in the begging sense. Related: Panhandled; panhandling.
To beg, esp by accosting people on the street: The boys deal drugs or panhandle, even become male prostitutes
[1903+; fr panhandler]