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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Bag, n. Also: bagg, bagge, bage. [Early ME. bagge (c 1225), ON. bagge, baggi.]

1. A money-bag. Freq. in pl. baggis.c1420 Wynt. viii. 6157 (othir lordis sayd he had fillyd his baggis). c1460 Consail Wys Man 306 (a bag of gold). a1500 Henr. Orph. 414 (with gret trauale to fill the bag). 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 96 (to put in his bag, ic half royse nobillis). c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxiii. 27 (quhen thair baggis ar full thair selfis ar bair). c1568 Lauder Minor P. iv. 19 (beasts for bags ar in authorytie). 1596 Dalr. II. 256/29 (tha quhais bagis ar boldne ful of the kirk geir).

2. A bag used for other purposes; a sack.c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 171 (thy skin hewd lyk ane saffrone bag). 1531 Bell. Boece II. 376 (fre pasport to depart with thair baggis and guddis). 15.. Christis K. 106 (bow and bag fra him he keist). 1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 247 (ane ledderam bage to put pulder in). a1570-86 Maitl. F. lxxvi. 43 (ane pardonar with bag and burdone). 1601 St. A. Baxter Bks. 65 (for ilk bag of quheit grinding).

3. In the phr. with bag and baggage. Also with baggis salf, etc. 1533 Boece ix. vii. 302.
Gif he wald plesinglie suffir Saxouns haue baggis and gudis sauf, thai suld all departe
Ib. x. xv. 388.
Gregoure ... to Inglismen ... grantit congie to remane or with baggis salf departe
1573 Misc. Bann. C. II. 78 (suffred to depart with bagge and baggage). a1578 Pitsc. I. 53/10 (lattin pase frelie fortht with bage and bagage); II. 200/17 (bag and baggage frie).

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