An abbreviation of leg-bags and a survival from the 19th-century taboo on trousers:
    The shapeless flannels which he called his bags. (Manning, 1965)

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  • Bags — may refer to:* More than one bag. * Jeff Bagwell, a former Major League Baseball player. * Milt Jackson, a famous jazz vibraphonist nicknamed Bags . * Oxford bags, a form of baggy trousers originating from the University of Oxford. * Cornhole… …   Wikipedia

  • bags — Brit. dated loose fitting trousers. → bag bags loose folds of skin under a person s eyes. → bag …   English new terms dictionary

  • bags — ► bags (or bags I) Brit. informal a child s expression used to make a claim to something. Main Entry: ↑bag …   English terms dictionary

  • bags — spoken BrE Bags I! used by children to claim something that they want: Bags I the biggest cake! …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bags — Verb. To claim as one s own due to being the first to make such a claim. E.g. Bags I go first. Informal Noun. Trousers. Informal …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • bags — /bægz / (say bagz) verb (t) (bagsed, bagsing) Colloquial (usually in children s speech) to make a claim for: I bags sitting on the outside. Also, Especially Qld, bar. {third person singular of bag to put into a bag (as of a hunting trophy), used… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bags —  1. Trousers.  2. bags I I claim Juv …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • bags — 1. verb /bæɡz,bæːɡz/ / to reserve for oneself Syn: dibs 2. noun /bæɡz,bæːɡz/ eye circles …   Wiktionary

  • bags — I Everyday English Slang in Ireland n messy job also means plenty II Irish Slang bad, messy job (see hames) …   English dialects glossary

  • bags — n pl 1. trousers. The word has had this mean ing since the mid 19th century and sur vives, usually in a humorous context. 2. American female breasts …   Contemporary slang

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