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feed bag

or feedbag

Also called nose bag. a bag for feeding horses, placed before the mouth and fastened around the head with straps.
put on the feed bag, Slang. to have a meal; eat:
When his friends put on the feed bag, they finish everything in sight.
Origin of feed bag
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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put on the feed bag

Also,tie on the feed bag. Eat a meal, as in Come on, it's time to put on the feed bag. This slangy term, alluding to a horse's feed bag that is literally tied on, dates from the early 1900s.
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