carry-on

[ kar-ee-on, -awn ]
/ ˈkær iˌɒn, -ˌɔn /

adjective

of a size and shape suitable for being carried onto and stowed in the passenger compartment of an airplane: carry-on luggage.

noun

a piece of carry-on luggage.

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Origin of carry-on

First recorded in 1950–55; adj., noun use of verb phrase carry on
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British Dictionary definitions for carry-on

carry on

verb (adverb)

(intr) to continue or perseverewe must carry on in spite of our difficulties
(tr) to manage or conductto carry on a business
(intr often foll by with) informal to have an affair
(intr) informal to cause a fuss or commotion

noun carry-on

informal, mainly British a fuss or commotion

adjective carry-on

(of luggage) to be taken inside an aircraft by hand personally by a passenger
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Idioms and Phrases with carry-on

carry on

1

Maintain, conduct, as in The villagers carried on a thriving trade, or They carried on a torrid love affair. [c. 1600]

2

Continue or progress, persevere, as in I'm sure you can carry on without me. [Mid-1600s]

3

Behave in an excited, improper, or silly manner, as in They laughed and sang and carried on rather noisily. [Early 1800s]

4

Flirt, engage in an illicit love affair, as in She accused her friend of carrying on with her husband. [Early 1900s]

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