tin cup

noun
1.
a cup made out of tin, especially one used by beggars to solicit money.
2.
a request for unearned money: holding out a tin cup to the government.
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The tin cup was meant for catching quarters, though it too often held nickels.
Then he wrung the sweat from it and let it drip into an old tin cup.
Under a fern lies the same tin cup that rattled at your hip for three years.
Drop a tin cup on the floor, and it will flex a little bit and bounce back into
  shape, small dents notwithstanding.
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