Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large tub or barrel for holding meal or flour.

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Examples

  • My father was not at home; but my mother, who had for some time past been in an almost continual state of dumb exasperation, noticed my gloomy and heroic aspect, and said to me at supper, ‘Why are you sulking like a mouse in a meal-tub?’

    First Love

  • Priscilla would not grudge her her share out of that meagre meal-tub.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • The calls upon that slender meal-tub at home she knew were quite sufficient.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • Take care you don't resemble the monkey with the meal-tub.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 348

  • Perhaps they have had a small estate left them, which they knew not the getting of; they think it is day and will never be night; that a little to be spent out of so much is not worth minding; but, Always taking out of the meal-tub, and never putting in, soon comes to be the bottom, as poor

    How to Get on in the World A Ladder to Practical Success

  • Perhaps they have had a small estate left them, which they knew not the getting of; they think, "'tis day and will never be night;" that "a little to be spent out of so much is not worth minding" (a child and a fool, as Poor Richard says, imagine twenty shillings and twenty years can never be spent); but "always taking out of the meal-tub, and never putting in, soon comes to the bottom."

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6

  • "Too many hands in the meal-tub means small share apiece."

    Sea-Dogs All! A Tale of Forest and Sea

  • There was one in a meal-tub once, I remember, so the meat-pie does look mighty suspicious, Mr. Weir.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • Search was made, and in a meal-tub the paper in question was found.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • One of these shams was to be based on a document which, he alleged, was hidden in a meal-tub in Mrs. Cellier's house.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

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