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noun [countable] handbag pronunciation in American English /ˈhæn(d)ˌbæɡ/
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    handbags at dawn/at ten paces when two people, such as footballers from rival teams, have a confrontation which is aggressive but not violent

    This is as clear an incident of handbag-at-ten-paces as you're likely to see in football and incredibly camp to boot.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 11/07/2012

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