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Bag and baggage with all one's belongings, completely. Originally, this was a military phrase denoting all the property of an army collectively, and of the soldiers individually, and to march out with bag and baggage indicated that an army or a commander was making an honourable retreat, without surrender of any possessions.

bag lady a homeless woman who carries her possessions around in shopping bags; the phrase was first recorded in the US in the 1970s.


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