Nearby words

  1. bafflement,
  2. baffleplate,
  3. baffling,
  4. baffy,
  5. bafta,
  6. bag and baggage,
  7. bag it,
  8. bag job,
  9. bag lady,
  10. bag moth

Idioms

Origin of bag

1200–50; 1920–25 for def 29; Middle English bagge < Old Norse baggi pack, bundle

Related formsbag·like, adjectiveun·bagged, adjective

Can be confusedbag sac sack sacque

Regional variation note

1. Although bag and sack are both used everywhere throughout the U.S., the more commonly used word in the North Midland U.S. is bag and in the South Midland is sack.

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British Dictionary definitions for leave holding the bag

bag

/ (bæɡ) /

noun

verb bags, bagging or bagged

See also bags

Word Origin for bag

C13: probably from Old Norse baggi; related to Old French bague bundle, pack, Medieval Latin baga chest, sack, Flemish bagge

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Word Origin and History for leave holding the bag
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Medicine definitions for leave holding the bag

bag

[ băg ]

n.

An anatomical sac or pouch, such as the udder of a cow.

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Idioms and Phrases with leave holding the bag

leave holding the bag

Abandon someone, force someone to bear the responsibility or blame. For example, Her friends said they were too busy to help with cleaning up, and left Lucy holding the bag. This expression is often put as be left holding the bag, as in When they quit the clean-up committee, Lucy was left holding the bag. This idiom grew out of the earlier give one the bag (to hold), which dates from about 1600 and alludes to being left with an empty bag while others have taken the valuable contents. Also see leave in the lurch.

bag

In addition to the idioms beginning with bag

  • bag and baggage
  • bag it
  • bag of tricks

also see:

  • brown bagger
  • grab bag
  • in the bag
  • leave holding the bag
  • let the cat out of the bag
  • mixed bag
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