the handle of a pan.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a long, narrow, projecting strip of territory that is not a peninsula, especially such a part of a specified state: the panhandle of Alaska; the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.
Other definitions for panhandle (2 of 2)
to accost passers-by on the street, riders on the subway, motorists stopped at red lights, etc., and beg from them.
to accost and beg from.
to obtain by accosting and begging from someone.
- pan·han·dler, noun
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How to use panhandle in a sentence
In Austin, Mayor Steve Adler had advocated a more humane approach of not disturbing homeless camps … but residents voted in May to reinstate a ban on the encampments and criminalize panhandling.
One night, while panhandling near the baseball stadium, someone suggested he reach out to Pandemic of Love.How Trees Mother Their Seedlings and What We Can Learn About Connection From Forests | Susanna Schrobsdorff | May 2, 2021 | Time
By the time Jon Greiner took over as police chief in 1995, the main challenges on 25th Street were panhandling and public drunkenness.Inside the rise of police department real-time crime centers | Rowan Moore Gerety | April 19, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
In one case, the Public Service Commission greenlighted a surcharge for a new pipeline to provide gas to an insulation plant in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle — something the private company would typically pay for.Natural Gas Is Getting Cheaper. Thousands Are Paying More To Heat Their Homes Anyway. | by Lucas Manfield and Ken Ward Jr., Mountain State Spotlight | April 17, 2021 | ProPublica
Greenberg also became close with Gaetz, now 38, who hailed from a panhandle district hundreds of miles away, and a group of other Republican men in the Orlando area.How the Justice Department came to investigate Rep. Matt Gaetz | Matt Zapotosky, Michael Scherer | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
When it's cold outside, as it is for much of the year in the Idaho panhandle, inside accommodations are warm and cozy.Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café | Jane & Michael Stern | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One represents an urban district in Chicago, the other the panhandle of Idaho.Immigration’s Odd Couple: Two Puerto Rican Congressmen Forge a Deal | Sandra McElwaine | May 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Southern Florida is mostly democrat, the north and panhandle mostly Republican.
Last year panhandle ranchers Phillip and Doris Smith suffered through the worst one-year drought in Texas history.The Texas Drought Seen Firsthand from the Eyes of Ranchers | Malcolm Jones | August 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
So we made it the boys from Nebraska and South Dakota, from the panhandle and Okeehobee.
Our talk ranged from the panhandle to the Canada line, while our horses jogged steadily southward.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
One night, away down in the panhandle, they fell in with an outfit driving a bunch of steers up the Yellow Grass trail.The Nerve of Foley | Frank H. Spearman
Alone in his room at the hotel, Bartley wondered what would have happened if Wishful had not rapped panhandle on the head.
This time panhandle glanced up and asked Wishful if he didn't want to come into the game.
Bartley recalled the fact that he had drawn back his arm, intending to take one good punch at panhandle, even if it were his last.
British Dictionary definitions for panhandle (1 of 2)
(sometimes capital) (in the US) a narrow strip of land that projects from one state into another
(in a South African city) a plot of land without street frontage
British Dictionary definitions for panhandle (2 of 2)
US and Canadian informal to accost and beg from (passers-by), esp on the street
- panhandler, noun
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