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A bag used by armed forces personnel to carry small items such as sewing implements.
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(Nautical Terms) a sailor's cloth bag for personal belongings or tools. A box used for these purposes is termed a ditty box
[C19: perhaps from obsolete dutty calico, from Hindi dhōtī loincloth, dhoti]
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a small bag used esp. by sailors to hold sewing implements, toiletries, etc.
[1855–60; of obscure orig.]
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