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Victorian Slang of the Week

Bag—to catch, to arrest, to jail—1824 and on throughout the century.  It appears to have started as legal jargon, but was used during the Civil War to describe taking prisoners as well.  Alternate meanings—to shoot, 1844; to steal 1857

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1 Comment

  1. Shelley says:

    I just discovered this feature–thanks. Maybe also let us know how the word came to be used that way?

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