from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strong bag with handles for carrying a shopper's purchases.

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  • n. A strong bag with handles used to put purchases in; usually made of plastic, paper or fabric, often given away with a purchase.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bag made of plastic or strong paper (often with handles); used to transport goods after shopping


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  • A woman, he explained, had brought in a whole shopping bag full of videocassettes, most of them good solid classics.

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  • “Fine,” I say, handing over a pair of twenties as Evan relieves our butcher of the big chicken, grabbing its feet and deftly depositing it at the bottom of the plain brown-paper shopping bag we have carried in for just such an eventuality.


  • She rocked back on her heels, revealing her brogans and clutching a shopping bag under one arm.

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  • By my count, the shopping bag that Miggy Monroe had given me contained nine likely suspects.

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  • Qwilleran stuffed the documents back into the shopping bag and added the candybox to the clutter on the dining table, where Koko applied his inquisitive nose to every inch of the old silk and lace, all the while tapping the table with his tail.

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  • We ford the human current, marching purposefully through the double brass doors, careful to protect the cargo within our shopping bag from any panic-inducing contact, and into the throng of driven consumers.


  • The dining table had been swept clean, except for his typewriter; all the Indian rugs had been pushed into corners, their fringes chewed; Emma Wimsey's shopping bag was overturned and the contents scattered.

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  • Another local, a middle-aged woman named Marianne Mok, stopped in the store with red plastic shopping bag in hand to ask Fong about an exhibit of Buddhist relics he was organizing; she worked a few blocks away in the business district and often picked up produce and pastries in Chinatown.

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  • She was dressed in rather dowdy black, carried a large shopping bag and looked every inch a lady.

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  • It was at least the third time, since the corner of Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, that in lurching she had thrust her bony shoulder into him and pressed her string shopping bag against his thigh.

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