Friday, March 15, 2013

cliché: bag and baggage

Meaning: all one’s possessions (definition).

Example: They reproduced the entire household, bag and baggage.

Origins: Precedes contemporary English, as found in Rymer’s Foedera, 1422. Earliest English is 1525, Shakespeare in 1600. (Source.)

  • bags and boxes
  • cabinets and drawers
  • nooks, crannies, and corners
  • house and storage
  • house, basement, and garage

Discussion: The idea in this idiom is to express where someone carries or masses their belongings. 

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