from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Privately owned items, such as keys, an identification card, or a wallet or watch, that are regularly worn or carried on one's person.
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- n. Plural form of personal effect. Items of personal property that one carries on one's person, including identification, jewelry, and clothing.
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- n. property of a personal character that is portable but not used in business
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I’ve got that report for you, and personal effects are here somewhere—
A trunk of personal effects and a pouch containing coins worth two thousand pounds, put into his hands in 1809, seven months after Morgan Turner died, by a merchant captain called Finbar O’Toole.
Houten had Bragdon bring Raoul's personal effects in a large manila envelope.
Now that the CO's office belonged to Botchup, these personal effects would normally be removed to Phule's quarters, but the sealing tape was cut and the top lay open.
Robert was finally named as executor and residuary legatee, thus suceeding to all such personal effects and monies as were not specifically devised elsewhere.
… Chief-Inspector Maigret here, from Police Headquarters … A body has just been brought along to you … No, I’m not talking about the motor accident … The drowned man from Dizy … Yes … Go to the office straight away and have a look at his personal effects … You ought to find a cuff-link there … Tell me what it’s like … I’ll wait, yes …”
He sent for Geordie Dalgleish, and instructed him to go to Edinburgh Castle and retrieve the papers and personal effects from his old quarters.
“And as the news stories point out,” Sparacino was saying, “your office was unable to produce the evidence receipt that would verify you did indeed turn over Mr. Smathers’s personal effects to the funeral home.