bum bag

variants: or less commonly bumbag \ ˈbəm-​ˌbag \
plural bum bags also bumbags

Definition of bum bag

: fanny pack Modern Middle England … is a place where … respectable old-age pensioners wear baseball caps and bum bags to go shopping, where trams are coming back and high-rise housing is going out.— Rosemary Hill, The Times Literary Supplement, 5 Nov. 1999

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First Known Use of bum bag

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Bum bag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bum%20bag. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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