- farewell drink, especially one offered to a rider already mounted for departure.
- an ornamental cup or bowl for such a drink.
Origin of stirrup cup
First recorded in 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for stirrup cup
Before the city a pavilion had been erected in which I drank the stirrup-cup.The Chinese Fairy Book
And now for the doch-aiv-dhurrss—the stirrup-cup, Mrs. Doolan: that's the darlin'.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
Stop, stop, Mr Sanderson, you be off without your stirrup-cup!John Deane of Nottingham
You must take a stirrup-cup, though; it will do the hearts of the poor ladies good.Hurricane Hurry
Then a stirrup-cup went round, but no flute, no guitar, was heard.A History of Chinese Literature
Herbert A. Giles
- a cup containing an alcoholic drink offered to a horseman ready to ride away