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tin cup

noun
  1. a cup made out of tin, especially one used by beggars to solicit money.
  2. a request for unearned money: holding out a tin cup to the government.
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Examples from the Web for tin cup

Historical Examples

  • The landlord carried the key and served his customers from a glass or tin-cup.

    Watch Yourself Go By

    Al. G. Field

  • Don't he look ridiculous, sitting up there a-straddle of his ridgepole, with a tin-cup?

    Back Home

    Eugene Wood

  • I was going to learn things that would put me out of the stick, tin-cup, card-around-my-neck, and little-dog class.

  • In the very rattle of tin-cup on haversack and rifle-butt on cobbles was a note of deep discontent.

    The Code of the Mountains

    Charles Neville Buck

  • I've been thinking, that is the part I have played, instead of doing the female's duty of handing round the tin-cup for pennies.