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punch bowl

a large bowl from which punch, lemonade, etc., is served, usually with a ladle.
Origin of punch bowl
First recorded in 1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The punch-bowl was empty, and the two bottles, empty also, stood beside it.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Giddings was at the punch-bowl as on their arrival she swept past with the General.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • He has got to the lee-side of some smuggler's punch-bowl, and he wunna budge the night, I doubt.'

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
  • In fact no one observed which fellows visited which punch-bowl.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
  • I hope he has not broken dear papa's punch-bowl that he used to be so fond of.

    Miss Marjoribanks Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
  • The other spoiled carpet was in the gentlemen's dressing-room where the punch-bowl was.

    The Potiphar Papers George William Curtis
  • Then he asked lightly: "Shall we see what's being dispensed from this punch-bowl?"

    Fidelity Susan Glaspell
  • Thus Mrs. Potts, in her best manner of authority, from the punch-bowl.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • Why, just only that punch-bowl was worth a fortune, I guess.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • The punch-bowl gone, and the engraved ladle, and the plates and goblets.

    McTeague Frank Norris
Word Origin and History for punch-bowl

1690s, from punch (n.2) + bowl (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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