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potch

/pɒtʃ/
noun
1.
(mainly Austral, slang) inferior quality opal used in jewellery for mounting precious opals
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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  • "It's all right, potch," Michael said; but his eyes did not go to potch's as they usually did.

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  • There was not much more than potch and colour in the bundle.

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  • potch pulled a book from his pocket and sprawled across the table to read.

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  • Paul came out of his hut as potch passed it on his way to the coolebah.

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  • He had not yet given the opals to Paul, he remembered, or explained to potch and the rest of the men how he came to have them.

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  • Nobody knew just where to put a hand on them—not even potch.

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  • He depended on potch, appealed to, and abused him as if he were his son, and potch seemed quite satisfied that it should be so.

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  • Michael and potch were finishing their tea when Watty burst in on them.

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  • "You can clear out now, son," Charley remarked, putting an emphasis on the "son" calculated to enrage potch.

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  • potch remarked vaguely that he had to see Paul, and went out of the hut.

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Slang definitions & phrases for potch

potch

noun

A slap, esp to a child

verb

  1. To slap or spank a child
  2. To slap; bump: potching against the waves in a plastic foam Sunflower

[1892+; fr Yiddish fr German patsch, ''smack, splash'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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