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brown bag

1. verb To pack one's own food (e.g., in a brown paper bag), especially lunch, usually for work or school. People who brown bag it each day eat healthier foods than those who go out for lunch.
2. noun Such a lunch. Aw man, I forgot my brown bag, so I'll have to buy lunch after all.
3. adjective Describing a gathering in which people bring their own bag lunches. The phrase can be hyphenated in this usage. Can we go out to a restaurant for a change? I'm sick of these brown-bag meetings.
See also: bag, brown


Packing one's own food (e.g., in a brown paper bag), especially lunch, usually for work or school. Ever since I started brown-bagging it, I've been eating much healthier foods than when I used to go out for lunch.


1. n. a bag lunch. Bring a brown-bag, and we’ll talk and eat at the same time.
2. in. to carry a bag lunch. He’s back to brown-bagging while he saves up for his vacation.
3. mod. having to do with an event during which people eat their own bag lunches. These brown-bag affairs seem so tacky.
References in periodicals archive ?
The brown-bagged lunch is becoming an increasingly popular workplace accessory these days, according to a new study from The NPD Group, a leading market research company.
The NPD study finds that adult males carry more brown-bagged lunches than others, yet quite often, females are the preparers.
Over the last several years, leftovers are increasingly a part of brown-bagged lunches.
Nearly half of consumers decide they want to brown-bag the day before or earlier, and two out of three brown-bagged lunches are prepared the morning of the same day.
Standing around the long-empty swimming pool at Sepulveda Recreation Center, a dozen young men, some holding brown-bagged liquor bottles, listen to the radios blaring from their souped-up cars.