"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

To bag

The phrase to bag something means to secure something for oneself. It can often mean this in the sense of to purloin, to pocket or take unlawfully.

The phrase originates from sporting or poaching parlance when to put in one's bag was to secure what one had shot or caught.

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