pot-walloper

potwalloper

[pot-wol-uh-per, pot-wol-]
noun English History.
(in some boroughs before the Reform Bill of 1832) a man who qualified as a householder, and therefore a voter, by virtue of ownership of his own fireplace at which to boil pots.
Also, pot-walloper.
Also called potwaller [pot-wol-er] .


Origin:
1715–25; pot1 + walloper; replacing potwaller literally, potboiler (pot1 + wall, Old English weallan to boil + -er1)

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pot-walloper or potwaller (ˈpɒtˌwɒlə)
 
n
(in some English boroughs) a man entitled to the franchise before 1832 by virtue of possession of his own fireplace
 
[C18: from pot1 + wallop to boil furiously, from Old English weallan to boil]
 
potwaller or potwaller
 
n
 
[C18: from pot1 + wallop to boil furiously, from Old English weallan to boil]

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