brownbagging


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brown-bagging

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.

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
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They come to the door, advise you that you're suspected of brownbagging, and offer you a letter stipulating what you must pay to avoid being formally prosecuted.
For others, it might mean foregoing smoking or drinking, or buying lunch instead of brownbagging. And for still others it might involve not having a telephone, or adapting to a diet of rice and beans.