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handbag

noun
     
handbag
Related topics: Clothes and Fashion
hand‧bag S3 [countable]
1DC a small bag in which a woman carries money and personal things [= purse American English]
2

handbags

informal used humorously to describe a situation in which two people are fighting, but in way that is so weak or lacking in force that the fight is funny to watch:
Dennis looked like he threw a punch, but it was just handbags.

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