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paint pot

Also, paintpot. a container, as a jar, pail, or bucket, for holding paint while it is being applied.
Geology. a spring or pit filled with boiling colored mud.
Compare mud pot.
Origin of paint pot
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Their hands were constantly in the tar-bucket and paint-pot.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Not to give up his sweetheart for the sake of a paint-pot, I hope?

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
  • Harlow laid his brush across the top of his paint-pot and went upstairs.

  • I had even to hide the little dabs of mud I took from a paint-pot.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • But never were the colors in a paint-pot more definite and determined.

  • Wilbur was below tinkering with his paint-pot about the cabin.

  • Eric was not there: only his paint-pot and brush lay on the balcony outside.

    Uncle Max Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Just at the corner of the street he met the man with the paint-pot, who asked him if he had deserted the brethren.

  • In an evil hour one of the men went below to dinner, and left his paint-pot standing on the deck.

  • Smallbones,” said he, “one of the men has left his paint-pot on the stage, under the stern: go and bring it in immediately.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat

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