Green’s Dictionary of Slang

nosebag n.

[SE nosebag]

1. [mid-19C–1910s] (also nosebagger) a day-tripper to the seaside who takes their own provisions and thus makes no useful contribution to the local economy.

2. [mid-19C–1910s] a veil.

3. [late 19C] a handbag.

4. [late 19C] a hospitable hotel or lodging-house.

5. [late 19C–1940s] (Aus.) a bag in which an itinerant or swagman n.2 carries his provisions.

6. [20C+] food, spec. as served in a restaurant; a meal.

7. [1910s] a gasmask.

8. [1910s+] a bag of food (given to an itinerant), a lunch box, a (take-away) meal.

9. in fig. use, cocaine.

In compounds

nosebag crowd (n.)

[1900s] holiday-makers who take their own provisions to a resort.

In phrases

put on the nosebag (v.) (also get the nosebag on, put the nosebag on)

[mid-19C+] to eat.