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punch bowl

noun
1.
a large bowl from which punch, lemonade, etc., is served, usually with a ladle.
Origin of punch bowl
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95
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  • “Ter-r-r-r-rattle,” and part of the big China punchbowl covered.

    Christmas Penny Readings George Manville Fenn
  • Maps showing these trails may be obtained from them at 1179 punchbowl St. in Honolulu.

    Oahu Traveler's guide Bill Gleasner
  • From the outskirts of the crowd he perceived Victoria presiding over the punchbowl that held the lemonade.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Vanished is the punchbowl where the amorous Tracy Tupman drank too many cups of negus on that memorable night.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • His punchbowl may be seen here, his footprints there; but the greatest of his enterprises was certainly the Dyke.

  • Another fight took place at punchbowl Hill, in the rear of Honolulu, lasting an hour, though with little loss.

  • In the evening, about a dozen young people took a moonlight walk up punchbowl, the extinct volcano just back of Honolulu.

British Dictionary definitions for punchbowl

punchbowl

/ˈpʌntʃˌbəʊl/
noun
1.
a large bowl for serving punch, lemonade, etc, usually with a ladle and often having small drinking glasses hooked around the rim
2.
(Brit) a bowl-shaped depression in the land
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