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slop chest

a supply of clothing, boots, tobacco, and other personal goods for sale to the crew of a ship during a voyage.
(formerly) a chest containing this supply.
Origin of slop chest
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Rainey had found mittens in the schooner's slop-chest, and he was glad of them at the wheel.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • I got out a heavy shirt, new from the slop-chest and made from blanket goods.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • Johnson, it seems, bought a suit of oilskins from the slop-chest and found them to be of greatly inferior quality.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • One thing she did appreciate though, and that was the Windwards slop-chest tobacco.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • As for you, you've sweated and slaved so much that your clothes hang on like you a slop-chest shirt on a stanchion just now.

    A Master of Fortune Cutcliffe Hyne
  • We still keep our old quarters, and she has bedded the new-comers in the big after-room with blankets issued from the slop-chest.

  • She has issued underclothes all around from the slop-chest, and is ordering them to take a bath in the rain-water just caught.

British Dictionary definitions for slop-chest

slop chest

a stock of merchandise, such as clothing, tobacco, etc, maintained aboard merchant ships for sale to the crew Compare small stores
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