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pot-valiant

[pot-val-yuh nt]
adjective
  1. brave only as a result of being drunk.
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Origin of pot-valiant

First recorded in 1635–45
Related formspot-val·iant·ly, adverbpot-val·or [pot-val-er] /ˈpɒtˌvæl ər/, pot-val·ian·cy [pot-val-yuh n-see] /ˈpɒtˌvæl yən si/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • In a bar-room brawl with two pot-valiant cowboys, he had come out supremely "on top."

    Bunch Grass

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • And when next they met, the pot-valiant squireen would chuckle proudly, "Faith, yon was a night."

  • A hero is bold but temperate: a demagogue blustering and pot-valiant.

  • They gathered behind walls or flickered across the open in shouting masses, and were pot-valiant in artillery.

  • His eyes wore an expression of profound misery, but he preserved steadily other portions of a pot-valiant air.