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stirrup cup

farewell drink, especially one offered to a rider already mounted for departure.
an ornamental cup or bowl for such a drink.
Origin of stirrup cup
1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Their entertainer always accompanied them to take the stirrup-cup, which often occasioned a long and late revel.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • I cheated ye, Mr. Gavin, also o' the price o' the stirrup-cup.

  • You must take a stirrup-cup, though; it will do the hearts of the poor ladies good.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • I held a match for him to light his cigar and gave him a stirrup-cup.

    The Great Miss Driver Anthony Hope
  • And it was intolerable that Waring, Benyon and Nares should have been sent into the night without a stirrup-cup.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • The carrier came down the steps with his stirrup-cup in hand.

    Master Skylark John Bennett
  • Think of that stirrup-cup—that doch an dhorras—of cold water, in which the hapless band pledged one another.

  • No provision, not so much as a stirrup-cup or bowl of porridge cheered the heart.

    Under the Red Robe Stanley Weyman
  • Was ever bride taken away without the stirrup-cup, even a glass of her own wine?

  • As it is his foot that is in the stirrup—metaphorically—our stirrup-cup is to be devoted to him.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for stirrup-cup

stirrup cup

a cup containing an alcoholic drink offered to a horseman ready to ride away
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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