thumbpiece

[ thuhm-pees ]
/ ˈθʌmˌpis /

noun

a lever over the hinge on the lid of a tankard, pressed by the thumb to raise the lid.

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Origin of thumbpiece

First recorded in 1750–60; thumb + piece
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