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Gladstone bag

a small rectangular suitcase hinged to open into two compartments of equal size.
Also called Gladstone.
Origin of Gladstone bag
First recorded in 1880-85; after W.E. Gladstone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He brought his Gladstone bag with him, but did not stay over night.

    My Lady Nicotine J. M. Barrie
  • Now he was sure that she had been searching for the Gladstone bag.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The Chinaman carried in his hand my Gladstone bag, and was running with incredible swiftness toward the road.

    The Green God Frederic Arnold Kummer
  • I have just been there, and I have taken it out, and I have got it in this Gladstone bag.

  • "A grip means a Gladstone bag," Miss Alicia murmured in a rapid undertone.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • His daughter handed him a soft hat and a Gladstone bag, and he was transformed before her eyes into a commercial traveller.

  • One was that the Major looked at the open door behind him as if meditating retreat, the second that he carried a Gladstone bag.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • Then I caught sight of a trunk and a Gladstone bag beneath one bunk, and another trunk beneath that opposite.

  • There followed after, a young breed staggering under the weight of a Gladstone bag, which matched its owner.

    Two on the Trail Hulbert Footner
  • Yet he was not at all at ease; his uneasy conscience invested the Gladstone bag with a magnetic attraction for the public eye.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for Gladstone bag

Gladstone bag

a piece of hand luggage consisting of two equal-sized hinged compartments
Word Origin
C19: named after W. E. Gladstone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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