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Is the North American phrase "to brown-bag it"--which means to take a packed lunch to work, school, etc.--used or at least readily understood in the UK and other English-speaking countries? How would you say this in the variety of English you speak?

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    Thanks a lot. I was wondering if there were other one-word verbs for it. – Louel Aug 14 '17 at 4:54
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    The standard expression in the UK is "packed lunched". – BillJ Aug 14 '17 at 5:39
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    In my experience 'brown-bag it' isn't used in the UK, people would probably understand it given enough context, or they could be familiar with it from exposure to US media. I know it from reading 'Peanuts' 40 years ago, so would have assumed it was now dated. – Spagirl Aug 14 '17 at 8:13
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    I (UK) would say 'take a packed lunch' or 'take sandwiches'. – Kate Bunting Aug 14 '17 at 8:14
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    @AndyT Whoops! Should be "packed lunch", of course. Apologies for the typo. – BillJ Aug 14 '17 at 10:37

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