Adjective "handbag" definition and examples

(Handbag may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A small bag used by a woman to carry everyday personal items.
  1. 'Also at another golf club, this time in Strandhill, on Thursday last, two cars were broken into and handbags and purses were stolen.'
  2. 'He knocked on the door and, when the woman opened it, he pushed her inside and ransacked the house, escaping with her handbag, purse and glasses.'
  3. 'He then demanded money and the student took her purse out of her handbag and threw it on the ground.'
  4. 'Check this brand of handbag out, you will not be disappointed!'
  5. 'Photographs reveal her conventionally dressed, complete with handbag.'
  6. 'If you are going to own something that cost someone a month's rent, it shouldn't just clutter your desk or handbag, after all.'
  7. 'She seemed as if she was going out as she had a car key in her hand and a handbag over her shoulder.'
  8. 'Contrast is very in this season, so play with the possibility of white shoes and a white satchel bag, or go hog wild with a crazy, bold handbag!'
  9. 'Over the past two weeks a number of pensioners have had purses stolen from their handbags, particularly in the market area, and police believe the same people are responsible.'
  10. 'Both teenagers who cannot be named for legal reasons, face a further charge of stealing a handbag containing a purse, cash and credit cards.'
A confrontation that does not lead to serious fighting, especially among soccer players.
  1. 'In the eight years Violate has been running we have only ever had one tiff - it was between two transvestites and it was handbags at dawn.'
  2. 'The Real World Consultant, who ended up as referee, told us by email that it was serious, handbags at dawn, stuff.'
  3. 'Such was the tempo of the game that there were handbags at dawn with no fewer than 12 players involved and also the dismissal of one Ashford player.'


(of a woman) verbally attack or crush (a person or idea) ruthlessly and forcefully.
  1. 'The prime minister has just won an election with a reduced majority and is celebrating by handbagging the European Union.'
  2. 'If you wish it was you who'd managed to throw that Prescott egg, or who'd been able to handbag Tony Blair on the steps of your local hospital, then we have just the thing for you.'
  3. 'They survived being handbagged by Mrs Thatcher, but have they found breathing space beneath Tony Blair's sandbags?'
  4. 'Never mind being handbagged, I bet the TDs of the day didn't fancy a clout in the lug with a sharp-edged basket.'
  5. 'This was Prodi at his most clumsily counterproductive: the deal handbagged by Margaret Thatcher in 1984 clearly does need to be renegotiated to take account of greater UK wealth, a 25-member union and less spending on farm subsidies.'

More definitions

1. a bag or box of leather, fabric, plastic, or the like, held in the hand or carried by means of a handle or strap, commonly used by women for holding money, toilet articles, small purchases, etc.

2. valise.

More examples(as adjective)

"akimbos can be handbag."