- a basin or bowl into which the dregs, leaves, and grounds of teacups and coffee cups are emptied at the table.
Origin of slop basin
First recorded in 1725–35
Also called slop bowl.
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Examples from the Web for slop basin
He poured out some tea, and drank it, and poured some more into the slop-basin.A Great Man
One tea-pot, one sugar-bowl, one slop-basin, and twelve cups and saucers.Nuts and Nutcrackers
Charles James Lever
They might as well think of emptying the Atlantic with a slop-basin.Bits of Blarney
R. Shelton Mackenzie
What a mockery too is that piece of green turf, no bigger than a slop-basin.The Sketches of Seymour (Illustrated), Part 1.
The slop-basin was full of half-burned brown paper, over which tea had been poured.The Lair of the White Worm
- a bowl or basin into which the dregs from teacups are emptied at the table
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