Perhaps in response to the panhandler, perhaps not, a teenage girl sitting nearby thanks me for my service.
This is not what the panhandler wishes to hear and she continues through the subway car.
Obedient to the young woman's request, the panhandler waited.
Nothing, however, seemed further from the panhandler's thoughts than flight.
It struck her, too, that despite his panhandler's manner this man was yet in a fashion different.
The kind of walk you adopt when you want to pretend you can't see a panhandler, or don't want to get involved in a street-fight.
You're nose gets as red as a rear light on an automobile or the beak of a Park Row panhandler.
I might a-knowed you was some new kind of a panhandler when you come a-snortin' in my ear that-a-way.
"one who begs," 1893, from panhandle (n.) in begging sense. Related: Panhandled; panhandler; panhandling.
"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.
"to beg," 1888, from panhandle (n.) in the begging sense. Related: Panhandled; panhandling.
A person who begs, esp by accosting people on the street; beggar: This panhandler came up to me and braced me
[1897+; fr the stiff arm held out by the beggar]
To beg, esp by accosting people on the street: The boys deal drugs or panhandle, even become male prostitutes
[1903+; fr panhandler]