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punch bowl

a large bowl from which punch, lemonade, etc., is served, usually with a ladle.
Origin of punch bowl
1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The punch-bowl was empty, and the two bottles, empty also, stood beside it.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • He has got to the lee-side of some smuggler's punch-bowl, and he wunna budge the night, I doubt.'

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
  • Why, just only that punch-bowl was worth a fortune, I guess.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • Thus Mrs. Potts, in her best manner of authority, from the punch-bowl.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • The aroma of the punch-bowl has given way to the milder flavor of lemonade and the cooling virtues of ice-cream.

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • The punch-bowl gone, and the engraved ladle, and the plates and goblets.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • There were more than a hundred pieces, and every one of them gold—just that punch-bowl was worth a fortune-thick, fat, red gold.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • “Bring the punch-bowl, Fanny,” he said, as he went to a cupboard and took out a big black bottle.

  • punch-bowl societies exist in all our colleges, and many who disapprove of them join them for the sake of popularity.

  • Cupid returned with the punch-bowl, having executed the arcana aside.

Word Origin and History for punch-bowl

1690s, from punch (n.2) + bowl (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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