A knife or fork with horizontal handles does not sit naturally in the curved structure of a trencher or a pottage bowl.
Then, sitting down on the ground by the broken dish, he picked up the pottage as well as he could.
Said Periander, "Hesiod might as well have kept his breath to cool his pottage."
If Esau had sold his birthright for a mess of pottage, Isaac was about to give away the blessing for a mess of venison.
We do not think so meanly of our country that we are willing to sell it for a mess of pottage.
A man made of a pottage, and brought into the world out of the belly of a bottle?
He is the sprig of bitter herb that makes the pottage wholesome.
The man who, even when hard pressed by hunger, sells his birthright for a mess of pottage, is unwise.
But she had not a word of censure for the heir who had consumed his mess of pottage.
Jus imo antiquissimum, at displicet vox æquivoca; jus etenim a mess of pottage aliquande audit, ex.
"soup, broth," c.1200, potage, literally "that which is put in a pot," from Old French potage "vegetable soup, food cooked in a pot," from pot "pot" (see pot (n.1)). The spelling with double -t- is from early 15c.
Heb. nazid, "boiled", a dish of boiled food, as of lentils (Gen. 25:29; 2 Kings 4:38).