1. as a container or receptacle.
(a) [mid-16C+] the scrotum [note double entendre in D’Urfey, Pills to Purge Melancholy (1719): ‘But what is this that hangs under his Chin, / [...] / ’Tis the Bag he puts his Provender in’].
(b) [early 17C] the vagina; one of many terms that refer to the vagina as a receptacle, usu. for sperm or the penis.
(c) [late 17C+] the womb.
(d) [late 18C–1900s] (UK Und.) a purse.
(e) [1920s] (US prison) a straitjacket, used for punishment.
(f) [1920s+] (US) a contraceptive sheath.
(g) [1940s] the stomach.
(h) [1990s+] (US campus) the buttocks.
2. as a lit. or fig. bag of money.
(a) [mid-19C] (UK Und.) the act and proceeds of pickpocketing.
(b) [20C+] (Aus.) any form of gain, lit. or fig.
(c) [1920s+] (US Und.) the proceeds of any illegal activity, e.g. unauthorized bookmaking.
(d) [2010s] (UK black) £1000.
3. as an unattractive and/or promiscuous person, usu. a woman.
(a) [mid-19C+] (US) a promiscuous woman, a prostitute.
(b) [1920s+] (orig. US, also old sack) an unattractive woman, esp. as old bag; occas. as adj.
(c) attrib. use of sense 3b.
(d) [1930s+] a homosexual man, esp. an unattractive and/or passive one.
4. [1910s+] in the context of consumption [a fig. ‘bag’ of food or drink etc].
(a) a measure, e.g. a tankard or glassful, of alcohol .
(b) [1910s–20s] (Aus.) a meal, a ‘feed’, or a drinking session .
(c) a state of drunkenness or intoxication.
(d) (US black) a bottle of beer.
5. [1940s+] (US campus) a despised person, an outsider; one who ‘brings their lunch in a bag’.
6. (orig. US drugs) as a measurement or container of drugs.
(a) [1950s+] a measure of narcotics, typically sold as a nickel bag, $5 worth or a dime bag, $10 worth.
(b) [1950s+] a store of drugs, as carried by a dealer.
(c) [1960s+] a balloon containg heroin, thus through metonymy, the heroin itself.
(d) [1980s+] a quarter-ounce (7g) measure of a drug, usu. marijuana.
7. [1960s] a form of bludgeon made from several socks inside each other, filled with sand packed round a solid, ball-shaped object [abbr. SE sandbag].
8. [1960s+] (US) a bed, orig. a bag of straw or feathers; esp. in phr. bag it, hit the bag, go to bed, go to sleep.
9. see sack n. (2a)
[1930s] (US) a prostitute.
[1990s+] (drugs) a prostitute who is addicted to crack cocaine.
[1970s] obsessed by obtaining narcotic drugs.
[1970s] (US black) a drug dealer.
[2000s] (drugs) a heroin addict.
1. [2000s] (US black) an extremely unattractive woman.
2. a girl or woman who trades sex for drugs.
see separate entry.
see bagger n.1
[1960s+] (US) a female go-between, taking money (usu. bribes or other illicit pay-offs) between two parties.
wearing a contraceptive.
2. a large wholesale quantity of narcotics.
[mid-19C] to get drunk.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) to pick pockets (successfully).
[1960s+] (US drugs) to seek out supplies and/or to be addicted to heroin.
see get the sack under sack n.
see give someone the sack under sack n.
1. [1940s] to have a hangover.
2. [1940s+] to be drunk or intoxicated with a drug.
[1900s] to work as a bookmaker.
[1950s] (US drugs) heavily addicted to narcotics.
1. [20C+] (Ulster) to start out as a beggar [a beggar’s bag].
2. [1970s+] (Aus./N.Z.) to breathalyse [the polythene bag that is part of the breathalysing kit].
[1950s] to work as a go-between, esp. to collect or administer money obtained by various criminal activities.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) to pick a pocket.
[2000s+] (US police) to wear the regulation uniform.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) the purse, wallet etc has been removed from the victim; as excl., a statement denoting the successful conclusion of a crime: ‘we’ve done it!’.
SE in slang uses
[mid–late 17C] food and drink.
[1930s-40s] (Aus.) a bookmaker.
[1900s] (Aus.) a bookmaker.
1. [1960s] (US campus) an unpleasant person [i.e. one who deserves a bag over their head].
2. [1970s] (US) ‘an illegal search of a suspect’s property by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, esp. for the purpose of copying or stealing incriminating documents etc’ (OED).
see separate entry.
see separate entries.
[1900s] a gossip.
[1930s] (US) a street-walker.
1. [1920s+] a bookmaker; thus bag-swinging, working as a bookmaker.
2. [1950s–60s] a street-walker, a prostitute.
[1970s] (US campus/teen) to bring one’s lunch in a paper bag.
1. [late 19C] (Aus.) a drunk.
2. [late 19C–1900s] a quart pot of beer, holding a mixture of porter and ale.
see separate entries.
see goon n.3
[late 19C–1970s] (US) a fat person.
[1930s] a contemptible person.
see under jello n.
[mid-19C+] a saveloy, a sausage.
[mid-19C–1940s] (Aus./US) chaos, disorder.
[1910s] something, or someone, exceptional.
see pus-bag n.
[1950s+] (Aus.) a trifle, an unimportant object.
see under shit n.
see under twat n.
1. [1910s–50s] (Aus.) a drooping female breast [such a bag is misshapen, lumpy, soft].
2. [1950s+] (Can.) a lively, sexy young woman [the liveliness of such a bag].
1. [mid–late 19C] the penis.
2. [mid-19C+] whatever one needs.
3. [late 19C] the vagina.
[mid-19C+] an unpleasant person.
[19C+] a talkative person, a boaster.
[1990s+] a general term of abuse.
[1950s+] (W.I. Rasta) a betrayer.
see bagging n.3
1. to depart suddenly.
2. to dismiss, usu. from a job.
3. to jilt or reject a suitor, to end a relationship.
[mid–late 19C] to be well-off, to be rich.
see separate entry.
1. implying certainty, termination.
(a) [20C+] secured, made certain.
(b) [20C+] of any situation, e.g. a trial or a sporting contest, the outcome has been made certain by the giving of bribes, doping of one or more contestants, horses etc.
(c) [1910s+] of a criminal, arrested, caught.
(d) [1980s+] committed.
2. [1910s+] (also in a bag) in trouble, facing difficulties.
3. [1920s+] (orig. US) in debt.
4. [1940s+] (orig. US, also in the wrapper, out of one’s bag) drunk; thus half in the bag, beginning to become drunk.
5. [1960s] (US campus) feeling ill.
[1920s+] to come up with something special or surprising, something held in reserve.
to gossip, to chatter; to complain, to whinge.
[1980s] (Aus.) of an establishment, to close, to shut.
see under suck v.1
see under swing v.
[1960s+] (Aus.) of a bookmaker, to take bets at a racetrack.
[1960s] (US campus) to experience an undesirable situation.
[mid-19C+] be quiet! shut up!