from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The keeve forming a part of the so-called dollying- or dolling-ma-chine, used in Cornwall in the process of tossing and packing tin-stuff. See toss and dolly.
  • n. A tub in which a dolly is used. See dolly, 4.


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  • It happened to be _washing-day_: the washerwoman gave him a pailful of scalding soapsuds to throw on it; but whether he was most afraid of me or of the snake is still a question: however, the washerwoman brought it home with the tongs, and dropped it into the dolly-tub.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 549 (Supplementary number)

  • The great surgeon of something opened the ball with the matron of Bartimaeus's, and she went round on his arm like a dolly in a dolly-tub; but he soon saw what a marvellous and miraculous being Glory was, and after I had waltzed so beautifully with the ancient personage I had the hearts of all the young men flying round at the hem of my white petticoat -- it was a nice new one for the occasion.

    The Christian A Story


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