Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thin, poor beverage (usually tea), fit only to give to cats.

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Examples

  • Real first-rate suppers; not like Lady Jane's bread-and-butter and cat-lap, as Sir Nicholas says, just handed round.

    Hopes and Fears or, scenes from the life of a spinster

  • English tea, at which Mrs. Houghton laughed, saying, 'Time was, I called it cat-lap!

    Nuttie's Father

  • Do you think I'm going to let housekeeper's cat-lap be drunk at my table?

    Jezebel's Daughter

  • Sergeant had slept in the stables through the night, and had had his breakfast brought to him, warm, by his own wife; but he had sat up among the straw, and had winked at her, and had asked her to give him threepence of gin with the cat-lap.

    An Old Man's Love

  • I longed for the days of the Spectator, when I might have laid my penny on the bar, and retired without ceremony — But no — this blessed decoction was circulated under the auspices of some half-crazed blue-stocking or other, and we were saddled with all the formality of an entertainment, for this miserable allowance of a cockle-shell full of cat-lap per head.”

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • I told old Whiskers that he could go and boil his job and his head together and sell the soup for cat-lap. "

    Here are Ladies

  • "I can't say I am particularly attached to the cat-lap," he said, laughing; "I've had rather too much of it when I've been in training -- half-and-half, warm tea, and cold-drawn castor-oil.

    Aurora Floyd. A Novel

  • I longed for the days of the Spectator, when I might have laid my penny on the bar, and retired without ceremony -- But no -- this blessed decoction was circulated under the auspices of some half-crazed blue-stocking or other, and we were saddled with all the formality of an entertainment, for this miserable allowance of a cockle-shell full of cat-lap per head. "

    St. Ronan's Well

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