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gripsack

[grip-sak]
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noun Older Use.
  1. a traveling bag; grip.

Origin of gripsack

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; grip + sack1
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Examples from the Web for gripsack

Historical Examples

  • 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