panhandle

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

verb (used without object), pan·han·dled, pan·han·dling.

to accost passers-by on the street 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.

Words related to panhandle

Origin of panhandle

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1895–1900, Americanism; back formation from panhandler; 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 panhandling (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 panhandling (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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