copper-bottomed love



from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having lower parts made of or covered by copper (especially of a ship or cookware).
  • adj. Thoroughly reliable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a bottom made of copper, as a tin boiler or other vessel, or sheathed with copper, as a ship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the bottom sheathed with copper, as a wooden ship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a bottom of copper or sheathed with copper


From the copper sheathing applied to the bottom of a wooden ship to prevent damage from marine organisms. In literal sense 18th century, in figurative sense attested since at least 1807. (Wiktionary)


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