noun ⇨ See also ↑purse
big, capacious (formal), large
clutch, hold
reach into
fumble in, rummage around in, rummage in

She was rummaging in her handbag for her keys.

search, search in, search through

She was rummaging in her handbag for her keys.


She had her handbag snatched as she sat having a coffee.

from a/the handbag, out of a/the handbag

She took a pen out of her large leather handbag.

in a/the handbag, into a/the handbag

She put her wallet into her handbag.

the contents of a handbag

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  • handbag — (n.) also hand bag, 1854, from HAND (Cf. hand) (n.) + BAG (Cf. bag) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • handbag — [n] person’s carryall backpack, bag, clutch, evening bag, grip, hide, knapsack, leather, pocketbook, portmanteau, purse, reticule; concept 446 …   New thesaurus

  • handbag — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a small bag used by a woman to carry everyday personal items …   English terms dictionary

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  • Handbag — Model at New York Fashion Week showing a Louis Vuitton handbag. A handbag, or purse in American English, is a handled medium to large bag that is often fashionably designed, typically used by women, to hold persona …   Wikipedia

  • handbag — 1. noun /ˈhandbaɡ/ A small bag used by women (or sometimes by men) for carrying various small personal items. Syn: purse 2. verb /ˈhandbaɡ/ Figuratively, to hit with a handbag; to attack verbally or subject to criticism (used originally of ) …   Wiktionary

  • handbag */ — UK [ˈhæn(d)ˌbæɡ] / US noun [countable] Word forms handbag : singular handbag plural handbags a small bag used by women for carrying personal things such as money and keys. The usual American word is purse …   English dictionary

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