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v. pan·han·dled, pan·han·dling, pan·han·dles Informal
To approach strangers and beg for money or food.
1. To approach and beg from (a stranger).
2. To obtain by approaching and begging from a stranger: panhandled money. See Synonyms at cadge.
1. The handle of a pan.
2. often Panhandle A narrow strip of territory projecting from a larger, broader area, as in Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.
1. (Physical Geography) (sometimes capital) (in the US) a narrow strip of land that projects from one state into another
2. (in a South African city) a plot of land without street frontage
informal US and Canadian to accost and beg from (passers-by), esp on the street
[C19: probably a back formation from panhandler a person who begs with a pan]
1. the handle of a pan.
2. a long, narrow, projecting strip of a larger territory, as of a state: the Texas panhandle.
v. -dled, -dling. v.i.
1. to accost passers-by on the street and beg from them.v.t.
2. to accost and beg from.
3. to obtain by accosting and begging from someone.
[1895–1900, Amer.; back formation from panhandler; so called from the resemblance of an extended arm to a panhandle1]
Past participle: panhandled
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|Noun||1.||panhandle - a relatively narrow strip of land projecting from some larger area; "Wheeling is located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia"|
|2.||panhandle - the handle of a pan|
handgrip, handle, grip, hold - the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
pan - shallow container made of metal
|Verb||1.||panhandle - beg by accosting people in the street and asking for money|
beg - ask to obtain free; "beg money and food"