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panhandle

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[ pan-han-dl ]
/ ˈpænˌhæn dl /
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noun
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.
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Origin of panhandle

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First recorded in 1855–60; pan1 + handle

Other definitions for panhandle (2 of 2)

panhandle2
[ pan-han-dl ]
/ ˈpænˌhæn dl /
Informal.

verb (used without object), pan·han·dled, pan·han·dling.
to accost passers-by on the street, riders on the subway, motorists stopped at red lights, etc., and beg from them.
verb (used with object), pan·han·dled, pan·han·dling.
to accost and beg from.
to obtain by accosting and begging from someone.

Origin of panhandle

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An Americanism first recorded in 1885–90; so called from the resemblance of the extended arm to a panhandle1

OTHER WORDS FROM panhandle

pan·han·dler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for panhandle (1 of 2)

panhandle1
/ (ˈpænˌhændəl) /

noun
(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)

panhandle2
/ (ˈpænˌhændəl) /

verb
US and Canadian informal to accost and beg from (passers-by), esp on the street

Derived forms of panhandle

panhandler, noun

Word Origin for panhandle

C19: probably a back formation from panhandler a person who begs with a pan
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