panhandle

To panhandle is to beg for money outside, on a public street. Someone who needs money to buy a bus ticket home might panhandle.

When people panhandle, they ask passers-by for cash. A man who's lost his job might panhandle so he can get something to eat. and a college student might panhandle on a busy street for money to buy a ticket to a concert. Panhandle is also a noun meaning a long, thin geographical area that's shaped like the handle of a frying pan. Both meanings date from the mid-19th century.

Definitions of panhandle
  1. verb
    beg by accosting people in the street and asking for money
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    type of:
    beg
    ask to obtain free
  2. noun
    the handle of a pan
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    type of:
    grip, handgrip, handle, hold
    the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
  3. noun
    a relatively narrow strip of land projecting from some larger area
    “Wheeling is located in the northern panhandle of West Virginia”
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