drop one's bundle, Australian and New Zealand Slang. to lose confidence or hope.

Origin of bundle

1350–1400; Middle English bundel < Middle Dutch bundel, bondel; akin to bind
Related formsbun·dler, noun

Synonyms for bundle

Synonym study

1. Bundle, bunch refer to a number of things or an amount of something fastened or bound together. Bundle implies a close binding or grouping together, and often refers to a wrapped package: a bundle of laundry, of dry goods. A bunch is a number of things, usually all of the same kind, fastened together: a bunch of roses, of keys. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bundling

Contemporary Examples of bundling

Historical Examples of bundling

  • Bundling himself in the blankets, Lantier muttered about how stubborn women were.


    Emile Zola

  • Gathering, bundling, crating, and shipping are all to be watched carefully.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • He says that they are a Greek custom and he connects them with bundling.


    William Graham Sumner

  • “Come along,” he replied, ungraciously, bundling her into a cab.

    The Cricket

    Marjorie Cooke

  • They're bundling us out of the room, but where to is more than I can guess.

British Dictionary definitions for bundling



a number of things or a quantity of material gathered or loosely bound togethera bundle of sticks Related adjective: fascicular
something wrapped or tied for carrying; package
slang a large sum of money
go a bundle on slang to be extremely fond of
biology a collection of strands of specialized tissue such as nerve fibres
botany short for vascular bundle
textiles a measure of yarn or cloth; 60 000 yards of linen yarn; 5 or 10 pounds of cotton hanks
drop one's bundle
  1. Australian and NZ slangto panic or give up hope
  2. NZ slangto give birth


(tr often foll by up) to make into a bundle
(foll by out, off, into etc) to go or cause to go, esp roughly or unceremoniouslywe bundled him out of the house
(tr usually foll by into) to push or throw, esp quickly and untidilyto bundle shirts into a drawer
(tr) to sell (computer hardware and software) as one indivisible package
(tr) to give away (a relatively cheap product) when selling an expensive one to attract businessseveral free CDs are often bundled with music centres
(intr) to sleep or lie in one's clothes on the same bed as one's betrothed: formerly a custom in New England, Wales, and elsewhere
Derived Formsbundler, noun

Word Origin for bundle

C14: probably from Middle Dutch bundel; related to Old English bindele bandage; see bind, bond
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Word Origin and History for bundling

1640s, "a gathering into a bundle," verbal noun from bundle (v.). Meaning "sharing a bed for the night, fully dressed, wrapped up with someone of the opposite sex" (1782) is a former local custom in New England (especially Connecticut and southeastern Massachusetts). It was noted there from about 1750s and often regarded by outsiders as grossly immoral, but New Englanders wrote defenses of it and claimed it was practiced elsewhere, too. It seems to have died out with the 18th century.

I am no advocate for temptation; yet must say, that bundling has prevailed 160 years in New England, and, I verily believe, with ten times more chastity than the sitting on a sofa. I had daughters, and speak from near forty years' experience. Bundling takes place only in cold seasons of the year--the sofa in summer is more dangerous than the bed in winter. [The Rev. Samuel Peters, "A general history of Connecticut," 1782]



early 14c., "bound collection of things," from Middle Dutch bondel, diminutive of bond, from binden "to bind," or perhaps a merger of this word and Old English byndele "binding," from Proto-Germanic *bundilin (cf. German bündel "to bundle"), from PIE root *bhendh- "tie" (see bend (v.)). Meaning "a lot of money" is from 1899. To be a bundle of nerves "very anxious" is from 1938.



1620s, "to make into a bundle," from bundle (n.); meaning "to wrap up in warm heavy clothes" is from 1893. Meaning "to sleep with another, clothed, in the same bed," a noted former custom in New England, is from 1781. Meaning "to send away hurriedly" is from 1823. Related: Bundled; bundling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bundling in Medicine




A structure composed of a group of fibers, such as a fasciculus.
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Idioms and Phrases with bundling


In addition to the idiom beginning with bundle

  • bundle of nerves

also see:

  • make a bundle
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