handbag

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  • noun a male escort, a ‘walker’. Handbag refers to a ‘decorative appendage’ to a fashionable lady, often a homosexual male. The term was popular in high society and journalistic circles in the mid-1980s.
  • verb to frustrate, obstruct or attack. A jocular version of sandbag seen in the 1980s, often in journalistic references to Margaret Thatcher. The term evoked shrewish intransigence.
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