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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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  • There was plenty of barbed wire everywhere and by means of the wire cutters rude grates were made on which the tin cup was placed.

  • A bottle was produced from a cupboard, and, together with a tin cup, handed to him.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • And sugar a dollar a tin cup, and just plain salt two bits a pound, and them to guess at the pound.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • She hid them in the willows, and went into the house to stir the contents of the tin cup.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • And now, seizing a spoon and tin cup, he banged it with all his might.

  • 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
  • So each scout carried a tin cup and platter, while the Orderly saw to it that each one carried part of the dinner material.

    Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Reaching down he took the tin cup, filled it, and drank deeply.

  • The last request was shouted through the window, on the sill of which there was a tin cup and near by, in a corner, was a jug.

    The Starbucks Opie Percival Read
  • Steve stole a tin cup and slipped quietly off through the hazel bushes.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston

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