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slop basin

noun British.
  1. a basin or bowl into which the dregs, leaves, and grounds of teacups and coffee cups are emptied at the table.
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Origin of slop basin

First recorded in 1725–35
Also called slop bowl.
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Examples from the Web for slop basin

Historical Examples of slop basin

  • He poured out some tea, and drank it, and poured some more into the slop-basin.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • 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 slop-basin was full of half-burned brown paper, over which tea had been poured.


British Dictionary definitions for slop basin

slop basin

noun
  1. a bowl or basin into which the dregs from teacups are emptied at the table
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