How would you describe grabbing the hem of a skirt so you could carry something? I hope it's clear what I am getting at.

For example, you are wearing a skirt, or apron, and sitting down with something in your lap. You want to stand up and walk away carrying the items on your lap. You could grab the hem of the skirt to create a pouch-like place to carry the items in the skirt while you walk.

How would you describe that better than I have?

Using the picture sumelic linked, and the suggestion by Mathieu K, what would be best for the bolded word in the example below?


Sally _________ [gathered] apples in her skirt and headed home to make a pie.

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  • Yes! That's exactly what I mean, just didn't know a better way to describe it. That's where you come in.
    – GRW
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 5:33
  • Maybe the best you can do is what they say in the caption, "carrying in the skirt", but don't want to give the impression there are pockets
    – GRW
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 5:35
  • I think traditionally it's been 'gathering __ in her skirt' where the items in question are usually plural—if it were just one thing, why wouldn't you just carry it with your hands?
    – Mathieu K.
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 6:18
  • Well, that was just an example of carrying something, but I do mean multiple items, like apples in the picture, or a bunch of eggs.
    – GRW
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 6:23
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    @Phil Sweet I like your "clutching", but if you were trying to avoid implying grasp or awkwardness, you could use "cradling." Truth is, I think there must be some word whose meaning is in between these two words.
    – Airymouse
    Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 23:08

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I don't know if this is correct grammar (or even a word) but you could say something like. "The girl hammocked the apples in her skirt"

  • I understanding your meaning, but had to think on it a moment before I got the gist, and couldn't find any examples of that use anywhere.
    – GRW
    Commented Mar 3, 2017 at 7:41

It appears that we can use the word pouched in this sense.

Sally pouched apples in her skirt and headed home to make a pie.


pouch verb
6. (transitive) to place in or as if in a pouch

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

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