- a supply of clothing, boots, tobacco, and other personal goods for sale to the crew of a ship during a voyage.
- (formerly) a chest containing this supply.
Origin of slop chest
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for slop chest
Rainey had found mittens in the schooner's slop-chest, and he was glad of them at the wheel.A Man to His Mate
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I got out a heavy shirt, new from the slop-chest and made from blanket goods.The Sea-Wolf
One thing she did appreciate though, and that was the Windwards slop-chest tobacco.Through Arctic Lapland
As for you, you've sweated and slaved so much that your clothes hang on like you a slop-chest shirt on a stanchion just now.A Master of Fortune
We still keep our old quarters, and she has bedded the new-comers in the big after-room with blankets issued from the slop-chest.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
- a stock of merchandise, such as clothing, tobacco, etc, maintained aboard merchant ships for sale to the crewCompare small stores
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