From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_015_ibagbag1 /bæɡ/ ●●● S1 W2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 containerCONTAINER a) Da container made of paper, cloth, or thin plastic, that usually opens at the top 🔊 a paper bag 🔊 a plastic bag 🔊 a garbage bag b) DCa handbag 🔊 Don’t leave your bag in the car. c) DLTa large bag that you use to carry your clothes etc when you are travelling 🔊 Just throw your bags in the back of the car. 🔊 a garment bag2 amountAMOUNT the amount that a bag will holdbag of 🔊 a bag of popcorn3 → old/stupid bag4 → bags of something5 → pack your bags6 → bags7 → a bag of bones8 → in the bag9 → bags10 → not somebody’s bag11 → bag and baggage12 huntingHUNTING [usually singular] British EnglishDSO the number of birds or animals that someone kills when they go hunting 🔊 We had a good bag that day. → sleeping bag, airbag, duffel bag, tote bag, beanbag, punchbag, sandbag1, teabag, → let the cat out of the bag at cat(2), → be left holding the bag at hold1(26), → a mixed bag at mixed(6)COLLOCATIONStypesa plastic/polythene/paper bagStore the beans in a paper bag in the fridge.a carrier bag (=for carrying shopping, usually made of plastic)The supermarket no longer gives free carrier bags.a shopping bagShe loaded her shopping bags into the back of the car.a school bagHey, don't forget your school bag!a sports bagI noticed that the man was wearing trainers and carrying a sports bag.a shoulder bag (=one that is carried over your shoulder)Big shoulder bags are fashionable this year.a leather/canvas bagShe was carrying a smart leather bag.a clutch bag (=a small woman's bag that you hold in one hand)For the evening all you need is a little clutch bag.an evening bag (=a small bag that a woman takes out with her in the evening)She put her lipstick in a black velvet evening bag.a beach bag (=to take to the beach)I bought a big striped beach bag.an overnight bag (=a small suitcase or bag for a short stay somewhere)All you need to take is an overnight bag.a travel bag (=a suitcase or bag taken with you when you travel)Your travel bag must not weigh more than 20 kilos.a sponge/toilet bag (=for carrying your soap, toothpaste, shampoo etc)I left my sponge bag in the hotel bathroom.a bin/dustbin bag British EnglishUse the black bin bags provided by the council.verbsa bag contains somethingLisa was carrying the bag containing the beach towels.a bag holds somethingI don't think that bag will hold all those books..open/close a bagThe customs officer opened my bag.empty a bagI've emptied my bags and I still can't find it.pack a bag (=put things in it preparing to go somewhere)Mum packed a bag for a day at the beach.unpack a bagShe unpacked her bags and put her clothes away.
Examples from the Corpusbag• Parachutes, a pair of small rockets and air bags will cushion its impact.• Air bags are 100 % effective in preventing injuries due to accidents.• Oxygen masks dropped from their hatches and bags flew through the cabins.• Hand luggage and checked bags must go through Customs.• an evening bag• She emptied her bag and popped the new shoes inside, covered by her cagoule.• Airlines, meanwhile, are more of a mixed bag.• Last year was a mixed bag for the billboard business, Nickinello notes.• Meredith went into the cottage, arms full of bags.• Some old bag was driving along at 15 miles an hour.• The youths ran off towards the town centre with the bag which contained about £80.bag of• Each family is given two bags of rice per month.