body bag


Definition of 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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To let the the footwear stand out, Hadid wore a relatively simple summer look that included a T-shirt turned tank top, thanks to its scrunched sleeves, a pair of distressed shorts, and a cross-body bag. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Steps Out In a Surprising New Sneaker," 26 June 2018 Bullets fly, bodies pile up, characters come and go in body bags. Gary Thompson,, "'Gotti': John Travolta's new one will remind you of other, better mob movies," 14 June 2018 Remains were loaded into body bags and carried out on stretchers. Fox News, "At Guatemala volcano, weather and danger hinder search," 7 June 2018 Mona says as police close a body bag at a crime scene. Alexia Fernandez,, "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists," 15 May 2018 From that hug with Kanye to the zillion cross-body bags, here's what GQ staffers loved. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "Our Favorite Moments from Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton Debut," 21 June 2018 Some of the summer classes even work with cadavers brought in sealed and kept moist in a body bag. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "UTSA program paves way for health professionals from medically underserved communities," 15 June 2018 Associated Press journalists witnessed the recovery of at least eight bodies, including five stretchers loaded with body bags in Los Lotes. Washington Post, "At Guatemala volcano, time running out for rescue chances," 6 June 2018 Her body had been carried away in a white body bag that nurses had prepared with her name written neatly on the side. Seema Yasmin, Scientific American, "From Liberia, Ebola Survivors Report They Are Still Afflicted with Disabling Symptoms," 27 July 2016

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First Known Use of body bag

1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of body bag

: a large bag that a dead person's body is put in to be carried or moved to another place

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Medical Definition of 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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