Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tub used for containing butter in quantity.

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Examples

  • My first conversation was over a butter-tub in some Dublin back street, and the man agreed with me at once; everybody agreed with me; all felt that something must be done, but nobody knew what.

    Collected Works of W. B. Yeats Volume III Autobiographies

  • In a few minutes the signs of German havoc would be hidden behind stacks of crockery and household utensils, and some of the pale women we had left in mournful contemplation of the ruins would be bargaining as sharply as ever for a sauce-pan or a butter-tub.

    Fighting France

  • The woman clasped her hands, at which the Duckling flew down into the butter-tub, and then into the meal barrel and out again.

    The Ugly Duckling

  • The woman clapped her hands, at which the Duckling flew down into the butter-tub, and then into the meal-barrel and out again.

    Children's Literature A Textbook of Sources for Teachers and Teacher-Training Classes

  • The Student, at the expense of his dinner, had rescued a book from the butter-tub and taken it off to his garret, and that night the Goblin, overcome by curiosity, peeped through the keyhole, and lo! the garret was full of light.

    From a Cornish Window A New Edition

  • One was sitting asleep on a butter-tub in the middle of the sidewalk, snoring so that you could hear him across the street, and was inclined to be “sassy” when aroused and told to go about his duty.

    Roosevelt comes—Mulberry Street’s Golden Age

  • [Illustration: “One was sitting asleep on a butter-tub.”]

    The Making of an American

  • One was sitting asleep on a butter-tub in the middle of the sidewalk, snoring so that you could hear him across the street, and was inclined to be “sassy” when aroused and told to go about his duty.

    The Making of an American

  • They haunted houses, concealed in the salt-box, the butter-tub, or some other hiding-place; they spied upon the people of the house, and watched for the opportunity to tempt them and lead them into evil.

    The Miracle Of The Great St. Nicolas 1920

  • [Illustration: "One was sitting asleep on a butter-tub."]

    The Making of an American

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