tin cup

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tin′ cup′

1. a cup made out of tin, esp. one used by beggars to solicit money.
2. a request for unearned money: holding out a tin cup to the government.
References in classic literature ?
One of the men was heating something in a tin cup over the embers.
He had removed his tin cup and was engaged in stirring its grimy contents with a small stick.
I didn't see anything but a bottle and a tin cup on the floor by Injun Joe; yes, I saw two barrels and lots more bottles in the room.
In a few moments every spring had its jovial knot of hard drinkers, with tin cup in hand, indulging in a mock carouse; quaffing, pledging, toasting, bandying jokes, singing drinking songs, and uttering peals of laughter, until it seemed as if their imaginations had given potency to the beverage, and cheated them into a fit of intoxication.
Of saying that the handkerchief disappeared into nothingness, when it really disappeared into a small tin cup, attached to my person by a piece of elastic.
As he spoke Wilson had been boring a hole in one of the water kegs, and as Spider held a tin cup he tilted the keg to pour a draft of the precious fluid.
I took all the coffee and sugar there was, and all the ammunition; I took the wadding; I took the bucket and gourd; I took a dipper and a tin cup, and my old saw and two blankets, and the skillet and the coffee-pot.
D'Artagnan took up his camp tin cup, filled it with wine and arose.
"Hev some coffee?" He brought a tin cup full, and sweetened it with molasses.
He was very busy marshaling the little black vagabonds of tin cups and pour- ing into them the streaming, iron colored mixture from a small and sooty tin pail.
Fill!' The gipsy produced three tin cups, and filled them to the brim with brandy.
A buttermilk chicken burger with more batter than burger, cold chips served in a tin cup and a mouthful off an impatient bar server in a less than half-full pub made for the duffest visit we've had in a long time.