body bag

noun

Definition of 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 The federal government placed orders for well over 100,000 new body bags to hold victims of COVID-19 in April, according to internal administration documents obtained by NBC News, as well as public records. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Government orders 100,000 body bags as Trump downplays coronavirus death toll: A.M. News Links," 1 May 2020 The Defense Department earlier this month said that FEMA asked it to provide 100,000 body bags for civilian use, Bloomberg News reported. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "U.S. Buys 100,000 More Body Bags, Preparing for Coronavirus Worst," 29 Apr. 2020 The Pentagon is seeking to provide as many as 100,000 military-style body bags for potential civilian use as the U.S. warns that deaths could soar in the coming weeks from the coronavirus pandemic. Defne Gencler, Fortune, "Pentagon Seeking 100,000 Body Bags for Civilians in Coronavirus Crisis," 1 Apr. 2020 The Pentagon is seeking to provide as many as 100,000 military-style body bags for potential civilian use. Bloomberg.com, "Climate Talks Delayed; China Hid Outbreak’s Extent: Virus Update," 1 Apr. 2020 But employees asked officers for help with the bodies in the morgue, each in a body bag with an identification tag. Dakin Andone, CNN, "36 are dead from coronavirus at 'overwhelmed' New Jersey nursing home," 17 Apr. 2020 According to police, the bodies were discovered after New Jersey Representative Josh Gottheimer received a request from the nursing home for 25 body bags. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Police find 17 bodies at an overwhelmed New Jersey nursing home," 16 Apr. 2020 There is nothing usual about the Pentagon buying 100,000 body bags to store the corpses of Americans killed by the coronavirus. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "Talbot: UFC, NFL, WWE need to stop fighting the truth," 3 Apr. 2020 The Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested 100,000 body bags through an interagency group that directed it to the Defense Department. BostonGlobe.com, "Cruise ship allowed to dock in Fla.," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of body bag

1917, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2020

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“Body bag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/body%20bag. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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body bag

noun

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

body bag

noun

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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