of a size and shape suitable for being carried onto and stowed in the passenger compartment of an airplane: carry-on luggage.
a piece of carry-on luggage.
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How to use carry-on in a sentence
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness | Marlow Stern | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He can watch me get stripped, have my stuff taken away, and be forced to board the plane sans carry-on.
Then again, such keep-calm-and-carry-on nonchalance is vintage Bloomberg.Which Politician Best Navigated Hurricane Sandy’s Surge? | Michelle Cottle | October 31, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
She will then, at a time of her choosing, tuck it, say, into my carry-on bag just before I leave on a research trip.
Anna and I lay down on the cold linoleum floor, pillowing our heads on our carry-on bags.
I was convinced that she would carry-on all night like a forgotten dachshund, unless she was released.The Van Dwellers | Albert Bigelow Paine
"It's a fine carry-on this," said the Cornal, breaking the silence.Gilian The Dreamer | Neil Munro
It was just her way of doing the carry-on for Aunt Clara Lamar.The House of Torchy | Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for carry on
(intr) to continue or persevere: we must carry on in spite of our difficulties
(tr) to manage or conduct: to carry on a business
(intr often foll by with) informal to have an affair
(intr) informal to cause a fuss or commotion
informal, mainly British a fuss or commotion
(of luggage) to be taken inside an aircraft by hand personally by a passenger
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Other Idioms and Phrases with carry-on
Maintain, conduct, as in The villagers carried on a thriving trade, or They carried on a torrid love affair. [c. 1600]
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