green bag

or green-bag

  1. a bag or briefcase made of green cloth, formerly used by lawyers for carrying documents.

  2. Slang.

    • the legal profession.

    • a lawyer.

Origin of green bag

First recorded in 1670–80

Words Nearby green bag Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use green bag in a sentence

  • My mother, Madam, had been delivered sooner than the green bag infallibly——at least by twenty knots.

  • Documents full of abominable details were deposited in a “green bag,” which called to mind the words in Job xiv.

  • The luggage included a basket of Bordeaux, a surgeon's case, a chest of medicine, and a violin in a green bag.

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  • Now he had an instinctive horror of a green bag, as he had once the honour of occupying a small corner of one.

  • He wore glasses, long hair, carried an umbrella and a green bag; in fact, one might have met him in a vegetarian restaurant.

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