body bag


: a large zippered bag (as of rubber or vinyl) in which a human corpse is placed especially for transportation

Examples of body bag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All but two of a dozen body bags lay on the floor at the rear entrance one recent morning because there weren’t enough gurneys. James Marson, WSJ, 7 Nov. 2023 With that death toll heavy on their minds Saturday morning, Mahmoud Ashi and a group of friends boarded a bus in New Jersey carrying 75 small handmade body bags. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2023 The mortician told Brock that Moran’s wallet — including his driver’s license with his mother’s address, Social Security card and a photo of his daughter — was inside the body bag. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 22 Feb. 2024 The latter image is stunning, and there is an argument to be made that the body bags are enough to convey the horror and to fully portray the destruction of these mass shootings. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2023 The body bags were labeled with numbers, not names. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 More than 20 characters have left Grey’s since its premiere, either in a body bag or on their own two feet. TIME, 14 Mar. 2024 The disproportionate number of ethnic-minority young men returning home from the Ukraine front in body bags today only serves to underscore Putin’s bid to maintain his grip on a crumbling empire. Elizabeth Barber, Harper's Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 Investigators learned security officers are not allowed to open body bags, but are responsible for moving the bodies and placing them on freezer shelves. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 1 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of body bag was in 1947

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“Body bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

body bag

: a large zippered bag (as of rubber or vinyl) in which a human corpse is placed especially for transportation

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