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stirrup cup

farewell drink, especially one offered to a rider already mounted for departure.
an ornamental cup or bowl for such a drink.
Origin of stirrup cup
First recorded in 1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Drink, for the trumpets are blowing for battle, and this is the stirrup cup.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • Murdock assents; and the two rise up to drink the stirrup cup.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • He had come, he said, to drink a stirrup cup with his English friends, whom he would never see again.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • Eat every bit of this slice of ham, and let us drink a stirrup cup, for the horses are getting impatient.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  • stirrup cup, a "parting cup" given by the Highlanders to guests when they are leaving and have their feet in the stirrups.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • Sir Jeoffry stood at the buffet with a flagon of ale in his hand, taking his stirrup cup.

    A Lady of Quality Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • We did not fight a very hard fight, but this our first success was like a stirrup cup.

    Human Bullets Tadayoshi Sakurai
  • I'll give you a glass of fresh buttermilk to speed you on your way; a stirrup cup, we'll call it.

    The Iron Furrow George C. Shedd
  • Suddenly the chorus of a refrain floated to his ears from the guard house—it was "The stirrup cup."

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • She put further sweetness and body into the stirrup cup by stirring honey and barley meal into it.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
British Dictionary definitions for stirrup cup

stirrup cup

a cup containing an alcoholic drink offered to a horseman ready to ride away
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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