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panhandle

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noun pan·han·dle \ˈpan-ˌhan-dəl\

Simple Definition of panhandle

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

Full Definition of panhandle

  1. :  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.



1856

First Known Use of panhandle

1856

Rhymes with panhandle


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panhandle

verb pan·han·dle

Simple Definition of panhandle

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

Full Definition of panhandle

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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to stop people on the street and ask for food or money :  beg

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to accost on the street and beg from

  5. 2 :  to get by panhandling

pan·han·dler play \-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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