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[grip-sak] /ˈgrɪpˌsæk/
noun, Older Use.
a traveling bag; grip.
Origin of gripsack
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80; grip + sack1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He had his hat on, and had the air of just having let himself in; his gripsack stood at his feet.

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
  • His mind was made up that if he missed the Athenian it would be the fault of the gripsack.

    Lost Face Jack London
  • Churchill crawled in on the wagon-bed and slept, the gripsack still on his back.

    Lost Face Jack London
  • Keogh gazed on him sadly, but without rancour, and began to pack his gripsack.

  • Now, Tuttle, set down that there keister of yours—that gripsack—and listen.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • He put his gripsack on the floor at his feet, but held the casket in his lap.

    Cast Upon the Breakers Horatio Alger
  • The same evening the two men arrived, each carrying his gripsack.

    The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "No, sir," answered Walter politely, removing his gripsack from the seat.

  • In this apartment he found an old travelling-bag, or gripsack, hanging on a nail.

  • The next morning he settled his hotel bill, took his gripsack in his hand, and walked over to his new boarding-house.

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