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Handbag   /hˈændbˌæg/   Listen
Handbag

noun
1.
A container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women).  Synonyms: bag, pocketbook, purse.






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"Handbag" Quotes from Famous Books



... bubble, or a flight of bubbles. It is the very ecstasy of levity. As we listen to Lady Bracknell discussing the possibility of parting with her daughter to a man who had been "born, or at least bred, in a handbag," or as we watch Jack and Algernon wrangling over the propriety of eating muffins in an hour of gloom, we seem somehow to be caught up and to sail through an exhilarating mid-air of nonsense. Some people will contend that ...
— The Art of Letters • Robert Lynd

... woman. She had dressed herself thoroughly, down to the tying of a black veil over her face. As she appeared before him in the light of the parlour, Mr Verloc observed that she had even her little handbag hanging from her left wrist. . . . Flying off to her ...
— The Secret Agent - A Simple Tale • Joseph Conrad

... with his coffee and gave them to the dog—and all the time feeling worthless and dejected. What was his trunk beside that wonder out there? There it stood, black canvas with the corners all rubbed and worn; a handbag, nothing more—ho, but wait! He would buy a trunk when he got to the towns, a splendid one ...
— Growth of the Soil • Knut Hamsun

... on to the platform, saw her escorted to a very handsome motor-car by an obsequious station-master, and watched the former disappear down the stretch of straight road which led to the hill. Then, with a stick in one hand, and the handbag which was his sole luggage in the other, he left the ...
— The Vanished Messenger • E. Phillips Oppenheim

... once to a livery stable, where they arranged for a team and outfit. They then bought some cartridges for the gun, and a small handbag in ...
— The Homesteaders - A Novel of the Canadian West • Robert J. C. Stead

... voyage the Russia arrived, and one May morning I walked into the Northwestern Railway station in Liverpool to take the train for London. The bonds were in a little handbag, and I was free to look around. Everything was novel and strange, and all things told me I was in a foreign land. I had, like most young people, a particularly good opinion of myself and something of an idea ...
— Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison - Fifteen Years in Solitude • Austin Biron Bidwell

... disappeared, returning a moment later with the mirror from her handbag. She was accustomed ...
— Malcolm Sage, Detective • Herbert George Jenkins

... full of excitement. Each of the girls had only a small handbag to pack, but the selection of what should go into each bag seemed a matter of infinite importance. The Ethels filled their bags twice before they were satisfied that they had not left out anything that would be wanted, and Dorothy confessed ...
— Ethel Morton at Rose House • Mabell S. C. Smith

... was now standing by the fire collecting such bits of wardrobe as had been removed from his handbag, and also collecting the remains of the solitary lunch of which he had partaken that morning, again turned to Will with an interrogation point ...
— The Call of the Beaver Patrol - or, A Break in the Glacier • V. T. Sherman

... remorse, I flew to her side and lowered her gently into an arm chair which stood near. Snatching her handbag I opened it and took out a little bottle of volatile salts which I knew she carried. I pressed it into her hands, and then took out a tiny bottle of drops with a familiar label. They were the same that my mother had used for ...
— Revelations of a Wife - The Story of a Honeymoon • Adele Garrison

... over considerable ground. It was but two stories in height, save at the back, where a third story was run up for the "cells" of the nurses and the other women engaged in the work. Ruth ran up at once to her own tiny room to pack her handbag before she ...
— Ruth Fielding at the War Front - or, The Hunt for the Lost Soldier • Alice B. Emerson

... Clerk, as CULCHARD) is waiting at the counter). Oh, I beg your pardon, but could you inform me if the 1'55 train from Calais to Basle stops long enough for refreshments anywhere, and when they examine the luggage, and if I can leave my handbag in the carriage, and whether there is an English service at Yodeldorf, and is it held in the hotel, and Evangelical, or High Church, and are the sittings free, and what Hymn-book ...
— Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, July 25, 1891 • Various

... a handbag," cried Renwick with his legs out of the window. He had already espied a possible mode of escape, and started running along in the shadow ...
— The Secret Witness • George Gibbs

... up at her small leather handbag lying in the rack and thought of the solid money in her purse. Twenty-five shillings. It was a large sum and she was to ...
— Pointed Roofs - Pilgrimage, Volume 1 • Dorothy Richardson

... went by and many of them had gone before I heard some one in the back part of the house, descending the stairs. The breath of this person was labored like the breath of one who carries a heavy handbag. A little later I heard a door creak and a latch click below. Then all ...
— The Blue Wall - A Story of Strangeness and Struggle • Richard Washburn Child

... an omnivorous reader of novels and every other form of book, which he carries to and from his home in a favorite brown-leather handbag of diminutive size, he never had an ambition to create novels, though to his everlasting credit wrote two for a particular purpose which he accomplished by injecting the right tone or "color" into tales depicting the inner life on daily newspapers. ...
— The Dead Men's Song - Being the Story of a Poem and a Reminiscent Sketch of its - Author Young Ewing Allison • Champion Ingraham Hitchcock

... it must be it must," Mrs. Grantham said, with an air of resignation. "Come, Minnie, let us put a few things into a handbag for tonight. You see the skipper is not to ...
— Among Malay Pirates - And Other Tales Of Adventure And Peril • G. A. Henty

... he realised that he was face to face with the stranger of the day before,—she of the veil, the alluring voice, the unfaltering spirits, and the weighty handbag! ...
— Green Fancy • George Barr McCutcheon

... pulled up, her cheap, little trunk was put in the baggage car and she, with a paper shoe box of lunch under her arm and a cheap handbag in the other hand, boarded the train and took a seat in the day coach, where she would have remained, except that the agent, seeing her talking through the window with her mother, pointed her out to the conductor ...
— Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight • Mathew Joseph Holt

... was dressed in a pearl grey and pink sports coat, with a large black hat, and carried a silver chain handbag. Around her throat was a white feather boa, while her features were half concealed by the ...
— The Doctor of Pimlico - Being the Disclosure of a Great Crime • William Le Queux

... some cheap and obscure hotel, there being many such in the vicinity of the station. After half an hour he chose a small and apparently clean little place in a narrow street off the Place de Brouckere, and there, later on, he carried his handbag. Then, after a wash, he set out for the Central Post Office in ...
— Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo • William Le Queux

... a young gentleman, and asked the stranger to resume his seat, as he and Chester set the example. They noticed that the visitor was without the handbag which had hitherto seemed a part of his personality. Self-possessed and vaguely smiling, he spoke in ...
— The Launch Boys' Adventures in Northern Waters • Edward S. Ellis

... of West Brockley, Miss Hart alighted. She had brought all her luggage in a small handbag, and now she walked to her destination. It was in the outskirts of the little town, and amongst a row of poor houses. She stopped at one of these, and entered by the open door. A woman met ...
— The Honorable Miss - A Story of an Old-Fashioned Town • L. T. Meade

... York. You know I am not often allowed to go alone but it was when Grandmother had the grippe and Aunt Susan the rheumatism and Aunt Harriet had a number of errands and so I went on the Twenty-third Street ferry, and did not go far from Twenty-third Street and I took my book in my handbag and carried it into Larkins and White's and I saw Mr. Larkins in his office and he was very kind and polite, although I think now he was laughing a little to himself at the idea of my writing a ...
— The Butterfly House • Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

... took Repulsive's container out of a desk safe and handed it to her. Its outer appearance was that of a neat modern woman's handbag with a shoulder strap. It had an antigrav setting which would reduce its overall weight, with the plasmoid inside, down to nine ounces if Trigger wanted it that way. It also had a combination lock, unmarked, virtually invisible, ...
— Legacy • James H Schmitz

... he chanced to move his hand over his chin, it encountered the long growth of white bristles, and he was aroused to a realization of his neglect. To determine just how badly he needed a shave, the elderly gentleman opened his handbag, and fumbled in it for a mirror. In his confused condition, he seized on a silver-backed hair-brush of the same set, pulled it forth, and held it up to his face with the bristles toward him. He studied these with ...
— Jokes For All Occasions - Selected and Edited by One of America's Foremost Public Speakers • Anonymous

... he remembered, with a pang of self-reproach, that the hour of his usual meeting with Alice was past, and that Arthur too was in danger of going to bed hungry, for his custom was to put her brother's supper in Alice's handbag. He set out at once for Clerkenwell—on foot notwithstanding his haste, for he was hoarding every penny to get new clothes for Arthur, who was not only much in want of them for warmth, but in risk of losing his situation ...
— There & Back • George MacDonald

... From the handbag on her arm came needle, thimble, thread, and scissors, and from the clothing of her little ones the necessary red, white, and blue cloth. Under the direction of the young officer she soon had a very fair-looking ...
— History of California • Helen Elliott Bandini

... the countess and her daughter returned to the room where Ned was awaiting them. Each carried a handbag. ...
— By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic • G.A. Henty



Words linked to "Handbag" :   shoulder bag, clasp, clutch, container, evening bag, clutch bag, reticule, etui



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