Bundle



several objects or a quantity of material gathered or bound together:
a bundle of hay.
an item, group, or quantity wrapped for carrying; package.
a number of things considered together:
a bundle of ideas.
Slang. a great deal of money:
He made a bundle in the market.
Botany. an aggregation of strands of specialized conductive and mechanical tissues.
Also called bundle of isoglosses. Dialect Geography. a group of close isoglosses running in approximately the same direction, especially when taken as evidence of an important dialect division.
Anatomy, Zoology. an aggregation of fibers, as of nerves or muscles.
to tie together or wrap in a bundle:
Bundle the newspapers for the trash man.
to send away hurriedly or unceremoniously (usually followed by off, out, etc.):
They bundled her off to the country.
to offer or supply (related products or services) in a single transaction at one all-inclusive price.
to leave hurriedly or unceremoniously (usually followed by off, out, etc.):
They indignantly bundled out of the meeting.
(especially of sweethearts during courtship in early New England) to lie in the same bed while fully clothed, as for privacy and warmth in a house where an entire family shared one room with a fireplace.
bundle up, to dress warmly or snugly:
A blizzard was raging but the children were all bundled up.
drop one’s bundle, Australian and New Zealand Slang. to lose confidence or hope.
Contemporary Examples

Meet Romney’s Bundlers Peter Schweizer September 27, 2012
CBS Is Right to Ban the Boobs With Grammy Awards ‘Wardrobe Advisory’ Lauren Ashburn February 9, 2013
Horoscopes July 3-9, 2011 Starsky + Cox July 1, 2011
Buy One Book, Get One Free Peter Osnos May 18, 2009
Aaron Sorkin’s Cable Crackup: Why His HBO Series Is a Snooze Howard Kurtz June 21, 2012

Historical Examples

Hendricks the Hunter W.H.G. Kingston
The Trail Book Mary Austin
The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
Her Father’s Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
The Story of a Bad Boy Thomas Bailey Aldrich

noun
a number of things or a quantity of material gathered or loosely bound together: a bundle of sticks, related adjective fascicular
something wrapped or tied for carrying; package
(slang) a large sum of money
(slang) go a bundle on, to be extremely fond of
(biology) a collection of strands of specialized tissue such as nerve fibres
(botany) short for vascular bundle
(textiles) a measure of yarn or cloth; 60 000 yards of linen yarn; 5 or 10 pounds of cotton hanks
drop one’s bundle

(Austral & NZ, slang) to panic or give up hope
(NZ, slang) to give birth

verb
(transitive) often foll by up. to make into a bundle
foll by out, off, into etc. to go or cause to go, esp roughly or unceremoniously: we bundled him out of the house
(transitive) usually foll by into. to push or throw, esp quickly and untidily: to bundle shirts into a drawer
(transitive) to sell (computer hardware and software) as one indivisible package
(transitive) to give away (a relatively cheap product) when selling an expensive one to attract business: several free CDs are often bundled with music centres
(intransitive) to sleep or lie in one’s clothes on the same bed as one’s betrothed: formerly a custom in New England, Wales, and elsewhere
n.
v.

A large amount of money •Originally the loot from a robbery: Can the Pentagon Save a Bundle?/ He’s dropped a bundle that way (1905+)
An attractive woman •This term has improved: In the early 1800s it designated a camp follower, then a fat woman: I saw Charley yesterday with this cute bundle (1930+)
Twenty-five $5 packets of a narcotic, esp marijuana or cocaine (1960s+ Narcotics)

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