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potch

/pɒtʃ/
noun
1.
(mainly Austral, slang) inferior quality opal used in jewellery for mounting precious opals
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for potch
Historical Examples
  • Who slips to the seat of question and melts all Into one potch of folly!

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
  • There was not much more than potch and colour in the bundle.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Then potch would know what perhaps he ought to have known already.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Slowly and surely potch had lived down that distrust and contempt.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • potch Was holding his spider off from a surface of opal his pick had clipped.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • But there was no resentment in potch's bearing to him, Michael had convinced himself.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Yet potch must know about the stones; he must have seen them.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Nobody knew just where to put a hand on them—not even potch.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Michael and potch were finishing their tea when Watty burst in on them.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Mr. Armitage had fixed his eyes on potch from the moment he came into the hut.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
Slang definitions & phrases for potch

potch

noun

A slap, esp to a child

verb

  1. To slap or spank a child
  2. To slap; bump: potching against the waves in a plastic foam Sunflower

[1892+; fr Yiddish fr German patsch, ''smack, splash'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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