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panhandle1

[pan-han-dl]
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noun
  1. the handle of a pan.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letter) a long, narrow, projecting strip of territory that is not a peninsula, especially such a part of a specified state: the panhandle of Alaska; the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.
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Origin of panhandle1

First recorded in 1855–60; pan1 + handle

panhandle2

[pan-han-dl]Informal.
verb (used without object), pan·han·dled, pan·han·dling.
  1. to accost passers-by on the street and beg from them.
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verb (used with object), pan·han·dled, pan·han·dling.
  1. to accost and beg from.
  2. to obtain by accosting and begging from someone.
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Origin of panhandle2

1895–1900, Americanism; back formation from panhandler; so called from the resemblance of the extended arm to a panhandle1
Related formspan·han·dler, noun
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  • It was a hard-luck symposium, of course; but there was more to it than just a panhandle touch.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Yet there was no better line-rider in the Panhandle than Jumbo Wilkins.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Somehow the sobriquet had clung to him even after his return to the Panhandle.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • I'm not goin' to beg you on my knees to take the best job in the Panhandle.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Either of these men could have traveled the Panhandle blindfolded.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine


British Dictionary definitions for panhandle

panhandle1

noun
  1. (sometimes capital) (in the US) a narrow strip of land that projects from one state into another
  2. (in a South African city) a plot of land without street frontage
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panhandle2

verb
  1. US and Canadian informal to accost and beg from (passers-by), esp on the street
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Derived Formspanhandler, noun

Word Origin

C19: probably a back formation from panhandler a person who begs with a pan
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Word Origin and History for panhandle

n.

"something resembling the handle of a pan," 1851, from pan (n.) + handle (n.). Especially in reference to geography, originally American English, from 1856, in reference to Virginia (now West Virginia; Florida, Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Alaska also have them). Meaning "an act of begging" is attested from 1849, perhaps from notion of arm stuck out like a panhandle, or of one who handles a (beggar's) pan.

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v.

"to beg," 1888, from panhandle (n.) in the begging sense. Related: Panhandled; panhandling.

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