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panhandle

1panhandle

noun pan·han·dle \ˈpan-ˌhan-dəl\

: a part of a land area (such as a state) that is narrow and sticks out from a larger area

Full Definition of PANHANDLE

:  a narrow projection of a larger territory (as a state) <the Oklahoma Panhandle>

Examples of PANHANDLE

  1. The Texas Panhandle is the northernmost part of the state.

First Known Use of PANHANDLE

1856

Rhymes with PANHANDLE

2panhandle

verb

: to ask strangers for money in a public place (such as on a sidewalk)

pan·han·dledpan·han·dling \-ˌhan(d)-liŋ, -ˌhan-dəl-iŋ\

Full Definition of PANHANDLE

intransitive verb
:  to stop people on the street and ask for food or money :  beg
transitive verb
1
:  to accost on the street and beg from
2
:  to get by panhandling
pan·han·dler \-ˌhan(d)-lər, -ˌhan-dəl-ər\ noun

Examples of PANHANDLE

  1. He panhandled for his bus fare.
  2. There is a law against panhandling in the subway.

Origin of PANHANDLE

back-formation from panhandler, probably from panhandle, noun; from the extended forearm
First Known Use: 1894

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