- a large bowl from which punch, lemonade, etc., is served, usually with a ladle.
Origin of punch bowl
First recorded in 1685–95
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Examples from the Web for punch-bowl
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.
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
Word Origin and History for punch-bowl
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