- a person's avocation, hobby, major interest, or obsession: Jazz isn't my bag.
- a person's mood or frame of mind: The boss is in a mean bag today.
- an environment, condition, or situation.
- Informal. plenty; much; many (usually followed by of): bags of time; bags of money.
- Slang. trousers.
verb (used without object), bagged, bag·ging.
verb (used with object), bagged, bag·ging.
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Idioms for bag
- with all one's personal property: When they went to collect the rent, they found he had left, bag and baggage.
- completely, totally: The equipment had disappeared, bag and baggage, without even the slightest trace.
Origin of bag
regional variation note for bag
OTHER WORDS FROM bagbag·like, adjectiveun·bagged, adjective
Words nearby bag
British Dictionary definitions for leave holding the bag
- with all one's belongings
verb bags, bagging or bagged
Word Origin for bag
Medical definitions for leave holding the bag
Idioms and Phrases with leave holding the bag (1 of 2)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with leave holding the bag (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with bag
- bag and baggage
- bag it
- bag of tricks
- brown bagger
- grab bag
- in the bag
- leave holding the bag
- let the cat out of the bag
- mixed bag