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Small or compact enough to be carried aboard and stowed on an airplane, train, or bus by a passenger: carry-on luggage.
A carry-on bag, suitcase, or other item.


1. of a size suitable for being carried by a passenger onto an airplane.
2. a piece of carry-on luggage.
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noun (Informal, chiefly Brit.) fuss, disturbance, racket, fracas, commotion, rumpus, tumult, hubbub, shindy (informal) What's all the carry-on down here?


[ˌkærɪˈɒn] N (= fuss) → jaleo m, lío m, follón m
what a carry-on!¡qué jaleo or follón!
there was a great carry-on about the ticketsse armó un tremendo lío a causa de los billetes
did you ever see such a carry-on?¿se ha visto un jaleo igual?


[ˌkærɪˈɒn] n (fam) (fuss) → casino, confusione f (000) (fuss) what a carry-on!che casino!


(ˈkӕri) verb
1. to take from one place etc to another. She carried the child over the river; Flies carry disease.
2. to go from one place to another. Sound carries better over water.
3. to support. These stone columns carry the weight of the whole building.
4. to have or hold. This job carries great responsibility.
5. to approve (a bill etc) by a majority of votes. The parliamentary bill was carried by forty-two votes.
6. to hold (oneself) in a certain way. He carries himself like a soldier.
ˈcarry-all noun
(American) a hold-all.
ˈcarry-cot noun
(American portacrib®) a small bed, like a basket, with handles for carrying a baby.
be/get carried away
to be overcome by one's feelings. She was/got carried away by the excitement.
carry forward
to add on (a number from one column of figures to the next). I forgot to carry the 2 forward.
carry off
to take away by carrying. She carried off the screaming child.
carry on
1. to continue. You must carry on working; Carry on with your work.
2. to manage (a business etc). He carries on a business as a grocer.
carry-on (ˈkari-on) noun
(slang) a fuss; excited behaviour.
carry-on (ˈkari-on) adjective
(of bags or cases) that passengers can carry with them on board a plane.
carry out
to accomplish. He carried out the plan.
carry weight
to have influence. His opinion carries a lot of weight around here.
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