Sneak-cup

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sneak-cup One who sneaks from his cups; one who balks his glass.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sneak-cup A toper who balks his glass; one who sneaks from his cup; hence, a puny or paltry fellow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sneak-cup (Shak.) one who balks his glass: a cowardly, insidious scoundrel
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. snícan, to creep; Dan. snige. Cf. Snake.

Usage

In literature:

Shy, supping with the godless, he sneaks the cup.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Vegetable dishes were called basins, pudding dishes twifflers, small cups were called sneak cups.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
That's why I have to sneak him a doughnut and a cup of coffee on the sly sometimes.
"Lord Loveland Discovers America" by C. N. Williamson
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In news:

Lee lets businesses raid health funds, restaurants back Chiu, and Ellison offers a sneak-peek to America's Cup labor standards.
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