Bag Lady : Phrases
American slang term from the 1970s describing women who roam city streets, carrying shopping bags in which they keep all their worldly possessions and picking through trash containers to find useful items.
Julia did a bag lady stint on one of the train platforms last year and almost got arrested. People thought she was the real thing.
Homeless, these women tend to sleep in doorways, subway stations, or any convenient place that affords them protection from the elements. They are seldom (if ever) beggars, and have become a symbol of independence. This expression is a shortened form of shopping bag lady.
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