- 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 panhandling
Contemporary Examples of panhandling
Laya flew to New York and found Shulamith emaciated and panhandling, carrying a bag holding a hammer and an unopened can of food.Shulamith Firestone's Madness
April 23, 2013
- (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 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.