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green bag

or green-bag

noun, British.
a bag or briefcase made of green cloth, formerly used by lawyers for carrying documents.
  1. the legal profession.
  2. a lawyer.
Origin of green bag
First recorded in 1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His business is to carry a green bag with nothing in it, and look like an umpire.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • It's such fun: you must lend us your green bag, and come with us.

    Louis' School Days E. J. May
  • Meanwhile, the boatswain stood solemnly on the other side with a green bag in his hand.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • Documents full of abominable details were deposited in a “green bag,” which called to mind the words in Job xiv.

  • She removed the bomb, fuse, green bag—even the satchel—to the big lower drawer of her bureau, and turned the lock.

    Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
  • When he had pulled the string of that green bag close he laid it beside his hat and asked: Doing anything?

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The green bag inquiry police claimed that an air gun had been discharged at the Prince and made an attack on the crowd.

  • The lawyer stuffed some papers into his green bag, rolled down the top of his desk, and took up his hat.

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates
  • He took from under the seat of his rikisha a green bag, such as lawyers in the United States used to carry.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • Presently he swung his green bag of books under his arm again and trudged on.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour

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