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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Human remains have been sent in dozens of body bags to a hospital for DNA testing. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Lion Air Jet Struck the Water at High Speed, Investigator Says," 31 Oct. 2018 The cross-body bag blew the backpack out of the water. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "What Sold for Men in 2018: Tailoring’s Back, Pants Are the New Sneakers, and the Logo Is Still Big (for Now)," 18 Dec. 2018 Ideas came from every corner: a network of corrugated pipes the boys could crawl through; floating them out in body bags. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Crucial update: Kind of like a zombie who claws her way out of a body bag to fight crime and sexist portrayals of women in cinema, nail art is mostly dead, but just *slightly* less dead than before. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "The New Nail Polish Trend Is Like Jelly Shoes for Your Nails," 3 June 2015 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

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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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