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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • His business is to carry a green bag with nothing in it, and look like an umpire.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • The green bag hung limp on Ernest's arm; he could hardly believe that the skates were not there.

    Miss Theodora Helen Leah Reed
  • It's such fun: you must lend us your green bag, and come with us.

    Louis' School Days E. J. May
  • 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
  • Now he had an instinctive horror of a green bag, as he had once the honour of occupying a small corner of one.

  • My mother, Madam, had been delivered sooner than the green bag infallibly——at least by twenty knots.

  • Meanwhile, the boatswain stood solemnly on the other side with a green bag in his hand.

    Sustained honor John R. Musick,
  • The district attorney loosened the cords of the green bag and drew out a bundle of documents.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve

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