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loving cup

noun
1.
a large cup, as of silver, usually with two or more handles, given as a prize, award, token of esteem or affection, etc.
2.
a wine cup, usually of large size with several handles, passed from one person to another, as at a farewell gathering.
Origin of loving cup
1800-1810
1800-10
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  • Down the bank into the circle of light cast by a dim lantern came a fat man and a skinny individual with ears like a loving cup.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • We two can feed from one spoon; it is a closer, bond than the loving cup.

  • She told us in a burst of confidence that night after we had been given the loving cup.

  • He was also presented with a loving cup and the keys of the city.

    The Crow's Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
  • "A loving cup," said Gladsden, tasting the cup, whilst Oliver refused his.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
  • Fill up and drain the loving cup And leave no drop to waste!

    Songs from Vagabondia Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
  • I can see a large, gold-framed picture of us winning that loving cup, when we go up against Boxer Hall and Fairview again.

    Batting to Win Lester Chadwick
  • Just after supper pass the loving cup filled with claret, or fruit punch or cider.

    Suppers Paul Pierce
  • The health of the daughter was drunk in the “loving cup” after the ceremony.

  • After the loving cup had gone about, the fellows cleared away the tables and danced a stag.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
British Dictionary definitions for loving cup

loving cup

noun
1.
a large vessel, usually two-handled, out of which people drink in turn at a banquet
2.
a similar cup awarded to the winner of a competition
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