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slop chest

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noun
  1. a supply of clothing, boots, tobacco, and other personal goods for sale to the crew of a ship during a voyage.
  2. (formerly) a chest containing this supply.
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Origin of slop chest

First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for slop chest

Historical Examples

  • Rainey had found mittens in the schooner's slop-chest, and he was glad of them at the wheel.

    A Man to His Mate

    J. Allan Dunn

  • I got out a heavy shirt, new from the slop-chest and made from blanket goods.

    The Sea-Wolf

    Jack London

  • One thing she did appreciate though, and that was the Windwards slop-chest tobacco.

  • 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

    Cutcliffe Hyne

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for slop chest

slop chest

noun
  1. a stock of merchandise, such as clothing, tobacco, etc, maintained aboard merchant ships for sale to the crewCompare small stores
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