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tin cup

a cup made out of tin, especially one used by beggars to solicit money.
a request for unearned money:
holding out a tin cup to the government. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A tin cup and a cracked pitcher of spring water stood on the window-sill.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I made a twenty-day trip once with nothing but a tin cup and a frying-pan.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • The tin cup was not in its usual place, for Denas had left it on the table.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The water was in a pail and the men were dipping it out in a tin cup.

  • Reaching down he took the tin cup, filled it, and drank deeply.

  • Steve stole a tin cup and slipped quietly off through the hazel bushes.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • I astonished all by insisting that there should be one tin cup to every traveller.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • And here's a tin cup, too, and your pistols, and some powder and caps.

    Ten American Girls From History Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  • But never had his lips sunk into a tin cup filled with the stuff previously.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • Here's a gourd, there's a yeast powder can, and there's a tin cup.

    Shadows of Shasta Joaquin Miller

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