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Origin of doggy bag
Words nearby doggy bag
What does doggy bag mean?
A doggy bag is a bag or container that a diner uses to bring home the leftovers of their meal from a restaurant.
At the end of the meal, if the diner has food left over that they want to bring home, they can ask for a doggy bag. The server may then take the food from the table and package it up for the customer, or they may simply bring the customer the containers.
It is sometimes spelled doggie bag. A doggie bag can also be called a to-go bag or a take-home bag. Diners might simply ask for a bag or box or for the rest of their meal to be “wrapped up” or “boxed.” Or they might ask to have the leftovers “to-go.”
Doggie bag means something different than takeout or carry-out, which refer to food picked up from a restaurant to be eaten at home. In contrast, a doggy bag is a bag for the leftovers of the meal that was eaten at the restaurant.
Example: I ordered way too much food, so I’m going to take the rest home—can you pack it up for me in a doggy bag?
Where does doggy bag come from?
The first records of the term doggy bag come from the 1960s. The phrase was first and is primarily used in the U.S. The practice of taking home doggy bags from restaurants is sometimes traced to steakhouses (restaurants that serve steak), where customers would sometimes ask for the bones from their steak to be packaged up so they could bring them home to their dogs.
Even when a doggy bag doesn’t contain bones, the term sometimes implies or is thought to be based on the idea that the diner is going to bring the food home so their dog or pet can eat it. However, the term is very common and most people aren’t thinking of dogs when they ask for a doggy bag.
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What are some other forms related to doggy bag?
- doggie bag (alternate spelling)
What are some synonyms for doggy bag?
- to-go bag
- take-home bag
What are some words that share a root or word element with doggy bag?
What are some words that often get used in discussing doggy bag?
How is doggy bag used in real life?
Doggy bag is a very informal but common term. Diners often just ask for a bag or box.
are there any restaurants that are so fancy that you're not allowed to ask for a doggy bag? is that why they have such tiny portions at fancy places? in 2019, i will figure this out.
— Sachi Ezura (@misstrionics) December 26, 2018
I didn’t realize people from other countries thought Americans actually eat our giant portion sizes in one sitting.
Don’t get me wrong, we do sometimes… but mostly we expect to take a doggy bag full of leftovers for the next day.
— Emily Grace Buck (@emilybuckshot) November 28, 2020
Worn out after a day of shopping, I dined on Edley’s smoked brisket, which never disappoints.
I’ll be taking a big doggy bag home for certain, but someone told me to try their chili! Ohhhhh myyy!! So good! pic.twitter.com/wuIl0Xu2lb
— Mountainfarm6 (@mountainknt) December 11, 2020
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Is doggy bag used correctly in the following sentence?
“I’m getting full so I’m going to take the rest home in a doggy bag and have it for lunch tomorrow.”
Example sentences from the Web for doggy bag
In the end, he ended up developing, at the age of 73, he got a good little business going, selling doggy bags to restaurants in Philadelphia that were notoriously cheap.
Antoine himself had recently been arrested on a six-year-old warrant for a dime bag of weed.
Elle magazine shot an editorial in September, one picture revealing a teacup pig sitting pretty by a mini Tyler Alexandra bag.Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink|Elizabeth Landers|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Which proves he is as dumb as a bag of hammers,” the official says.
They were allowed to bring one bag per family, which most fill with food.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He kept it in a brown paper bag stashed in the bathroom of his office.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Drone: the largest tube of a bag-pipe, giving forth a dull heavy tone.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
I shall only be away for six months; you know I have made up my mind to get rid of the whole bag of tricks.
Thank you for nothing, Reginald; however, I shall certainly take a dip in the lucky-bag at the Castle.
She stood looking at him as he danced around the bag, busily punching its rotund sides.
"I think she'll pay your mother back to-morrow," said Hugh, remembering the fatness of the pink bag.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson