stirrup cup

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  1. farewell drink, especially one offered to a rider already mounted for departure.

  2. an ornamental cup or bowl for such a drink.

Origin of stirrup cup

First recorded in 1675–85

Words Nearby stirrup cup Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stirrup cup in a sentence

  • The landlord proffered a stirrup-cup to the elder guest, while the landlady offered Peveril a glass from her own peculiar bottle.

    Peveril of the Peak | Sir Walter Scott
  • Eat every bit of this slice of ham, and let us drink a stirrup cup, for the horses are getting impatient.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales | Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  • And then the derision at home, the half-drunk stirrup-cup of coffee standing tepid and forlorn.

  • I'll give you a glass of fresh buttermilk to speed you on your way; a stirrup cup, we'll call it.

    The Iron Furrow | George C. Shedd
  • Suddenly the chorus of a refrain floated to his ears from the guard house—it was "The stirrup cup."

    Bulldog Carney | W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for stirrup cup

stirrup cup

  1. a cup containing an alcoholic drink offered to a horseman ready to ride away

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