stirrup cup


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stirrup cup a farewell drink (especially one offered to a horseman ready to depart); usually alcoholic
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stirrup cup a parting cup taken after mounting.
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In literature:

She put further sweetness and body into the stirrup cup by stirring honey and barley meal into it.
"The Complete Book of Cheese" by Robert Carlton Brown
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" by George C. Shedd
Weather-worn and abreast, go men of our galloping legion, With a stirrup-cup each to the lily of women that loves him.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
Lord Cornwallis and his gentlemen were about to take the road, and the wine was wanted for the stirrup-cup.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, December 29, 1920" by Various
You must take a stirrup-cup, though; it will do the hearts of the poor ladies good.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
There was no time to be lost; a stirrup-cup and on.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 456" by Various
No true knight ever went away without 'the stirrup-cup.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
We gave him a foaming stirrup cup at Gad's Hill.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
In half an hour more the last good-byes were said, the farewell stirrup-cups partaken of; the horses were at the door.
"Tales of South Africa" by H.A. Bryden

In poetry:

Then, Time, let not a drop be spilt:
Hand me the cup whene'er thou wilt;
'Tis thy rich stirrup-cup to me;
I'll drink it down right smilingly.
"The Stirrup-Cup" by Sidney Lanier
"Traveller, the ride is sweet,
God speed your flying feet,
Thinking you hasten to lover and friend.
Gather the bridle up,
Drain dry the stirrup cup,
Only a cup of tears waits at the end."
"The Stirrup Cup" by Aline Murray Kilmer