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begging bowl

noun
  1. a bowl carried by a beggar, esp a Franciscan or other friar or a Buddhist monk, to receive food or alms
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Historical Examples

  • The yellow-robed priest with his begging-bowl is everywhere present.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan

  • Yet, instead of going out at once with the begging-bowl, he stayed his stomach on slabs of cold rice till the full dawn.

    Kim

    Rudyard Kipling

  • He went out to levy on the village—not with a begging-bowl, which might do for down-country, but in the manner of a prince.

    Kim

    Rudyard Kipling

  • These did reverence to the holy men and put their modest offerings of copper coins or food into Muriel's begging-bowl.

    The Jungle Girl

    Gordon Casserly

  • These men have a dilaq, a staff, and a begging-bowl, and travel all about the country begging.