- 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.
Origin of panhandle1
- to accost passers-by on the street and beg from them.
- to accost and beg from.
- to obtain by accosting and begging from someone.
Origin of panhandle2
Examples from the Web for panhandle
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
One represents an urban district in Chicago, the other the Panhandle of Idaho.Immigration’s Odd Couple: Two Puerto Rican Congressmen Forge a Deal
May 11, 2013
Southern Florida is mostly democrat, the north and panhandle mostly Republican.North Florida Republicans Stressed Out
November 7, 2012
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
August 9, 2012
So we made it the boys from Nebraska and South Dakota, from the Panhandle and Okeehobee.Denis O’Hare Talks About One-Man Show “An Iliad”
March 25, 2012
It was a hard-luck symposium, of course; but there was more to it than just a panhandle touch.Shorty McCabe
Yet there was no better line-rider in the Panhandle than Jumbo Wilkins.
Somehow the sobriquet had clung to him even after his return to the Panhandle.
I'm not goin' to beg you on my knees to take the best job in the Panhandle.
The cañon was at that time a terra incognita to these cattlemen of the Panhandle.
- (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
- US and Canadian informal to accost and beg from (passers-by), esp on the street
Word Origin and History for panhandle
"something resembling the handle of a pan," 1851, from pan (n.) + handle (n.). Especially in reference to geography, originally American English, from 1856, in reference to Virginia (now West Virginia; Florida, Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Alaska also have them). Meaning "an act of begging" is attested from 1849, perhaps from notion of arm stuck out like a panhandle, or of one who handles a (beggar's) pan.
"to beg," 1888, from panhandle (n.) in the begging sense. Related: Panhandled; panhandling.