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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Hundreds of rescue personnel searched seas where the plane crashed, sending more than three dozen body bags to identification experts, while the airline flew dozens of grieving relatives to the country’s capital, Jakarta. Stephen Wright, The Seattle Times, "Previous flight of crashed Lion Air jet terrified passengers," 30 Oct. 2018 Embellishments like crystals and feathers have taken over sandals and cross-body bags, giving the season’s accessories a bright, happy feeling. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top 10 Accessories Trends of Spring 2019," 16 Oct. 2018 However, the fire department explained Tuesday that coroners found some bodies were so badly burned that some body bags contained the remains of more than one person. Elena Becatoros, The Seattle Times, "Bodies of 76 killed in deadly Greek wildfires identified," 31 July 2018 Ditch the bulky carry-on for a versatile cross-body bag, the best travel purse around. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cross-Body Bags for Travelers," 27 July 2018 Once the black body bag was loaded into the van, the crowd began to disperse, mumbling about upcoming baseball games and the nice weather. Hanna Krueger,, "NOPD investigates homicide in Lower 9th Ward, burned body found," 27 Apr. 2018 Classic staples such as cat eye sunglasses and smaller cross-body bags are tried and true from season to season. The Cut, "How to Dress for 7 Spring Occasions: A Trunk Club Stylist Explains," 19 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of body bag

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of body bag was in 1917

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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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