American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small suitcase.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hand-satchel for a traveler; any valise or portmanteau usually carried in the hand. Also called grip.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq. A traveler's handbag.
- n. a small suitcase
- grip + sack (Wiktionary)
“They love to lie along the banks a few feet from the shore, where, concealed in the sand, they can dart out upon and seize their prey in their enormous 'gripsack'mouths.”
“Before leaving Springfield Lincoln had prepared his inaugural message with great care, and placed it in a "gripsack" for transportation to”
“Churchill dived and groped in three feet of water for the gripsack.”
“To cap it, the mule blundered off the trail and fell, throwing rider and gripsack out upon the rocks.”
“By the time Long Lake was reached, however, he had recovered from his sleepiness; and at Deep Lake he resigned the gripsack to Burns.”
“Not that it was an easy way, however, in the best of places; but it became a really possible trail, along which he could have made good time if he had not been worn out, if he had had light with which to pick his steps, and if it had not been for Bondell's gripsack.”
“Among them was Churchill, such being his nature that he volunteered before he thought of Bondell's gripsack.”
“Hadn't you better take a look at it?" he suggested, nodding his head at the gripsack”
“He tried to stand up, but failed, sprawling out on the deck, hanging on to the gripsack, and delivering his message.”
“His mind was made up that if he missed the Athenian it would be the fault of the gripsack.”
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