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brown-bag

[broun-bag]
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verb (used with object), brown-bagged, brown-bag·ging.
  1. to bring (one's own liquor) to a restaurant or club, especially one that has no liquor license.
  2. to bring (one's lunch) to work or elsewhere, usually in a small brown paper bag.
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verb (used without object), brown-bagged, brown-bag·ging.
  1. to carry one's lunch in a brown paper bag.
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adjective
  1. brought to work, usually in a small brown paper bag: a brown-bag lunch.
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Idioms
  1. brown-bag it, to bring one's lunch to work or elsewhere, especially in a brown paper bag.
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Related formsbrown-bag·ger, noun
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Word Origin and History for brown-bag

v.

"to bring lunch or liquor in a brown paper bag," 1970, from brown (adj.) + bag (n.). Related: Brown-bagging.

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