- brave only as a result of being drunk.
Origin of pot-valiant
First recorded in 1635–45
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Examples from the Web for pot-valiant
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."The House with the Green Shutters
George Douglas Brown
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.Soldiers Three, Part II.
His eyes wore an expression of profound misery, but he preserved steadily other portions of a pot-valiant air.The Monster and Other Stories