a person who accosts passers-by on the street, riders on the subway, motorists stopped at red lights, etc., and begs from them: A panhandler used to stop me every morning outside this coffee shop, asking me for spare change.
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How to use panhandler in a sentence
Perhaps in response to the panhandler, perhaps not, a teenage girl sitting nearby thanks me for my service.A Night Along the Military-Civilian Divide: An Iraq Vet in New York | Matt Gallagher | April 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is not what the panhandler wishes to hear and she continues through the subway car.A Night Along the Military-Civilian Divide: An Iraq Vet in New York | Matt Gallagher | April 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Obedient to the young woman's request, the panhandler waited.From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
Nothing, however, seemed further from the panhandler's thoughts than flight.From Place to Place | Irvin S. Cobb
The kind of walk you adopt when you want to pretend you can't see a panhandler, or don't want to get involved in a street-fight.Little Brother | Cory Doctorow