panhandle

2 [pan-han-dl] Informal.
verb (used without object), panhandled, panhandling.
1.
to accost passers-by on the street and beg from them.
verb (used with object), panhandled, panhandling.
2.
to accost and beg from.
3.
to obtain by accosting and begging from someone.

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism; back formation from panhandler; so called from the resemblance of the extended arm to a panhandle1

panhandler, noun
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panhandle1 (ˈpænˌhændəl)
 
n
1.  (sometimes capital) (in the US) a narrow strip of land that projects from one state into another
2.  (in a South African city) a plot of land without street frontage

panhandle2 (ˈpænˌhændəl)
 
vb
informal (US), (Canadian) to accost and beg from (passers-by), esp on the street
 
[C19: probably a back formation from panhandler a person who begs with a pan]
 
'panhandler2
 
n

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panhandle
"something resembling the handle of a pan," 1851, especially in ref. to geography, originally Amer.Eng., 1856, in ref. to West Virginia (Florida, Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma also have them). Meaning "an act of begging" is attested from 1849, perhaps from notion of arm stuck out like a panhandle; verb panhandle
"to beg" is from 1903.
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Example sentences
Tells how he bought a handmade sign from a homeless panhandler.
The decision to give to a panhandler is purely an individual decision.
The police later arrest the panhandler after running a warrant check during a subsequent encounter.
Most of these were roadside panhandler bear-related injuries.
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