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hogshead

[hawgz-hed, hogz-] /ˈhɔgzˌhɛd, ˈhɒgz-/
noun
1.
a large cask, especially one containing from 63 to 140 gallons (238 to 530 liters).
2.
any of various units of liquid measure, especially one equivalent to 63 gallons (238 liters).
Abbreviation: hhd.
Origin of hogshead
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English hoggeshed, literally, hog's head; unexplained
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  • They have brought a hogshead of beer, and are broaching it upon the high altar.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • When in hospital, chance had given him hogshead Geoffrey for bed-neighbour.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • Then, to repeat my interrogatory, what was you a doing of with the kitten in the hogshead?

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • I wish Mr. Schultz were in a hogshead of it, with the top on.

    Proserpina, Volume 1 John Ruskin
  • The utmost of his generosity to Amhurst, that I ever heard of, was a hogshead of claret!

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • Your representative has agreed that you shall give a hogshead.

  • But be reasonable, and leave me the sixth hogshead at least.

  • When you want to see M. "hogshead" Geoffroy, your procedure is simplicity itself.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • "Pay for a drink, and I'll listen to you," said hogshead Geoffroy to his sister.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for hogshead

hogshead

/ˈhɒɡzˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a unit of capacity, used esp for alcoholic beverages. It has several values, being 54 imperial gallons in the case of beer and 52.5 imperial gallons in the case of wine
2.
a large cask used for shipment of wines and spirits
Word Origin
C14: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for hogshead
n.

"large cask or barrel," late 14c., presumably on some perceived resemblance. The original liquid measure was 63 old wine gallons (by a statute of 1423); later anywhere from 100 to 140 gallons. Borrowed into other Germanic languages, oddly, as ox-head (cf. Dutch okshoofd, German oxhoft, Swedish oxhufvud).

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