a bag or box of leather, fabric, plastic, or the like, held in the hand or carried by means of a handle or strap, commonly used for holding money, personal grooming items, small purchases, etc.
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How to use handbag in a sentence
That said, you should expect to easily fit a truly travel-size printer in a handbag or small carry-on.Best all-in-one printer: Upgrade your home office with these multitasking machines | Carsen Joenk | February 8, 2021 | Popular-Science
I spent hours looking online at designer handbags I couldn’t afford, and my No.How pregnancy bed rest helped prepare me for life in a pandemic | Aileen Weintraub | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Stein Mart, founded 112 years ago in Mississippi, sells off-price clothing, handbags and housewares, but has fallen behind larger competitors like TJ Maxx, Burlington and Nordstrom Rack.Pandemic bankruptcies: A running list of retailers that have filed for Chapter 11 | Abha Bhattarai | December 4, 2020 | Washington Post
This is not going to be a banner year for sweaters and handbags.Consumers are — mostly — putting spending on hold while they wait for election results | Abha Bhattarai | November 4, 2020 | Washington Post
It will shrink its offering of handbags, fine jewelry, and men’s suits—areas that have seen sales decline—making space to increase inventory of healthier categories.Kohl’s bets on more activewear, fewer store brands to finally get back to growth | Phil Wahba | October 20, 2020 | Fortune
Decorative yes, but a daily handbag that will sweep through the closets of women worldwide?Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink | Elizabeth Landers | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The 19 scientists on staff have figured out how to get DNA of the animal whose skin was used to make a leather handbag.
Hermes helped us for her scarves, as well as Kelly handbag archives.The Only Thing That Sparkles in ‘Grace of Monaco’…the Jewels | Liza Foreman | May 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I have never spent more than two hundred dollars on a handbag.
She had a handbag line, became a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, and hosted a Fox reality TV show, among other endeavors.
The girl was dressed in a pearl grey and pink sports coat, with a large black hat, and carried a silver chain handbag.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
The pickpocket finds it easy to unsnap a handbag and remove some of the contents, especially in crowded places.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 | Various
She winked at me roguishly, and patted her heavy handbag significantly.Sense from Thought Divide | Mark Irvin Clifton
She, too, gave me a conspiratorial wink and patted her handbag.Sense from Thought Divide | Mark Irvin Clifton
Then she took a magazine from her handbag and began—presumably—to read.The Penal Cluster | Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
British Dictionary definitions for handbag
Also called: bag, (US and Canadian) purse, (chiefly US) pocketbook a woman's small bag carried to contain personal articles
a small suitcase that can be carried by hand
a commercial style of House music
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